Ran the Law Day 10k Run today. I felt pretty good and surprised myself on the time. Because I didn't taper or really try to do this race with fresh legs. This was mainly a test for fitness to see what I could muster while trying to get as many miles as I could this week with limited time.
Left home at 7:30 to get to the race befor 8am with my daughter. She also ran the 10K Law Day Race and did a good job after running her city track meet yesterday.
Got there and warmed up a bit... I had on shorts long sleeve shirt and a singlet on top of that.at 39 degrees. Really didn't feel cold and the warm-up felt good. The 10k Course was short by .2 according to my garmin. I really wish they would make it the full 6.2 because I like to run the official distance to know your true 10k time.
First Mile: 6:50 (flat) Since my recovery I hadn't been able to start like I feel fast or in a groove, but It might just be me being mentally conservative since I havent ran races for a while..
Second Mile: 6:55, (flat and hilly) More the same not pushing at least I think. I knew hills were coming and just felt like I shouldn't push it yet. This thought was in the back of my head, but maybe I should have pushed just to see what would happen. I've always told myselt trust in your training.
Third Mile: 6:35 (flat and hilly) Ok I started to feel I was warming up and started passing other runners and felt in a groove. My shoe came untied at this point, but I wasn't going to stop so I just ran this way the rest of the race.
Fourth Mile: 6:24 (flat more uphill) Feeling still good and passing runners and just having fun. I really felt good even with the shoe completely undone. It really felt a weird sense of freshness and strength at this point. I really felt my stride and pace was good and healthy/strong with the sciatic nerve not bothering me.
Five Mile: 6:00 (flat) Fastest Mile since my recovery. Something was happening here it just felt so easy that I was floating. I felt like my old self.
Sixth Mile 5:59 (flat) Lied...REPEAT my fastest mile since my recovery and I passed two runners at this point and finished 4 overall in the race and first in my age division. The great thing is I didn't feel exhausted and just kept the pace strong to the finishing line.
Overall felt good and will continue to try and achieve more.
Afterwards I ran almost three miles to the start line to get the car with Barry Smith and Bill Mandler. What a fun chatty run. We just had fun and I enjoyed the company as much as running the race. They are both great guys to run with and they did well in the race.
Then I drove to the finish line and let my daughter drive home while I ran another 9.20 miles home.
Off to mow my grandpa's lawn and a daughter's volleyball game.