Saturday, September 26, 2009

10K race report

Finally! I actually pulled myself out of bed and raced! I have needed to see where I am with this training program! Got there early, registered. went for a two mile warm-up, drank a bottle of water while we heard the instructions, noted the field was not large, it was a 5k and 10k combined start. Maybe 70 people all together. My goal was to get under 50 minutes. I started out slow and in control because the start was uphill! This was an out and back twice! I am very pleased over all because according to my Garmin the splits were very consistent and that's good! I did not die! The course was long. My watch had it at 6.41, others with Garmins showed distances very similar. I knew there was a problem when we came to the 5k mark. Garmin said 3.2! O well, doesn't really matter. The volunteers were great! Not really much to tell. Tweaked left calf muscle? At the very last; as I was going downhill into the last stretch to the chute I saw a shadow! Someone was making a move to pass me!! That ain't happenin'! I said so!! I chugged on in holding my place. BTW, I got first in my age! Here are the splits-7:54, 7:44, 7:54, 8:06, 8:00, 7:59, last .41 in 7:35 pace! 6.41 miles in 50:48, 7:55's. ( I forgot to stop my watch so that's not accurate) I had some left? This is the first year for the 10k. I hope they get the distance more accurate, but it really doesn't matter. I'm encouraged because it's a solid pace for me, I held it well, I probably could have given a little more. I beat Goober.....that's always nice. Made some more friends. Finished the day with 9.2 miles total. I'm pulling for Marlene and Meg tomorrow! Hoping for good weather and strong legs and lungs! Peace!

12 comments:

Spirit Flower said...

Hey Mark, I am seriously considering entering the Bass Pro marathon. It will only be two weeks after Kansas City but I think I can swing it; and then be a "marathon maniac"!

Are you going to stay at a hotel? Which one?

If you want to possibly hook up, you can send me a comment with your e-mail. I won't publish it.

Marlene said...

Congrats on the 10K! (+?) Great job, Mark!!

Thanks again for the shout out. Eeeek! I'll keep all of your kind words in mind tomorrow when the going gets tough.

Anne said...

First in your age group? Wonderful news!!!

Meg Runs said...

Yeah Mark! Way to go, so fast and first in your age group, whoo hoo! I like the way you held your spot and didn't allow anyone to pass, tough guy!
What's next?

Ted said...

Wahoooo !!! Congrats on the 10K race and being in the first for age group. That is absolutely fantastic. Ain't the best feeling, huh?

Running, kind of. said...

YAY! Great job! And first in your age group! Your times were awesome! Do you ever use yoru Garmin on the track? Sometimes mine gets whacky on the track and my quarters get shorter and shorter...

lindsay said...

congrats on a great 10k and winning your age group!! glad you didn't let the 5k'ers tempt you into going out too fast. nice job!

Beth said...

What a great race! It's amazing how many races get the distance wrong. It can be frustrating. You were superfast- goes to show that all of your training is paying off. Did you get any shwag since you made the podium?

Mark said...

I did get some swag.. a ten dollar gift certificate to Smoothie King.

DawnB said...

congratulations Mark, nice job. The hills and trails paid off. your spilts is what I crave.

Michael Sally said...

Seriously, a great run! WOW! Keep it going!

rob horton said...

nice run mark!

4 miles 4 kids

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