I ran my first 10K race on Saturday morning. The experience was a blast. The race was held at one of my favorite places to run — next to the beach and across a bridge and back — so it was a familiar path. Weather was cooler than usual for this time of year: 66º and overcast skies.
The race started at 8:30 am and I felt especially good about it. My goal was to finish the race in under an hour. My long runs are still 3.1 miles so 6.2 miles is new to me. I’ve ran that distance twice before the race with my best time being 1 hour 3 minutes 58 seconds, but I followed some Nike Run Club coaching recommendations for this race.
That included a 5 mile run a week before the race using about the same route which I finished in under 48 minutes (with a bit of a head cold). I felt good about that practice time. If I could do 5 miles in under 48 minutes, I could surely run another 1.2 miles in under 12 minutes. My guess was I’d finish in about 58 or 59 minutes.
I finished in 18th place out of 55 runners — not bad although I want to be faster — but I seriously surprised myself with my finish time: 51 minutes 6.8 seconds with a pace of 8 minutes 15 seconds per mile.
I was seriously proud of this finish time and pace. New 1K, 5K, and 10K personal record and I exceeded my goal by way more than I had anticipated. I thought about the race and the positive energy it gave me for the rest of the day. I felt prepared so I was excited to start and the race itself felt quick even though it was my longest (and only second) race so far.
I actually made a race day playlist the night before that included just over an hour of music but finished before the last two songs started. That was my favorite part.
So now my thought is this: if I can run a 6.2 mile race in under 52 minutes, maybe I can run a 13.1 mile half marathon in just over 2 hours. We’ll see in December…