Sorry I can’t manage to put together a race report in a reasonable amount of time. I’ll make it up to you by giving you the delicious stats in the VERY FIRST PARAGRAPH: I ran a very small 10K on Saturday in 49:24, PRed and finished first in my age group and 3rd female overall. I got a $50 gift card to a running store!
Now let’s go to Tangentina!
So, my running coach (because why not, everybody’s got one!) recently got onto me for “not realizing my full potential.”
I think she also called me a pussy and a bitch, but I know she meant it affectionately.
Yeah so, I know I’m self-deprecating, but am I self-deprecating in that annoying way that “skinny runners” are when they say they’ve got flabby abs and fat thighs, when it’s obvious they know they don’t? Because I don’t want to be that totallyhypotheticaliswearidontmeananyskinnyrunnerinparticular blogger. I just genuinely don’t think I’m fast. In big, competitive races, I am middle-of-the-pack. In small, not competitive races with only 80 other runners, I can sometimes run fast enough to place.
Another side note: I really need to stop asking you people for racing advice. Because what happens is that I agree with every single one of you and it doesn’t help me make a decision. I SHOULD run the 5K, I’m not a pussy! Old people really do wake up early, I should do the half marathon! The 10K is a no-brainer!
Looking back, I really did want to do the 10K all along. I wasn’t ready to race a half marathon, so it essentially would have been a $65 training run. And I still stand by my earlier remarks about not being competitive enough to race a 5K.
Alrighty, back to the race report.
Except there’s not much to say about this race. It was a quiet, solitary little run down county roads. I picked off a few people during the race, but not that many. And the only women ahead of me were WAY the fuck ahead of me. The girl who took 2nd place finished almost five minutes ahead of me, and the girl who took 1st was eight minutes ahead.
Final thoughts, future plans, denouement, sloppy kisses…
Judging by my splits, I know I went out too slow. There’s negative splitting, and then there’s starting out like a slug because you’re too timid to race. I’m not going to be too hard on myself, because I’m still being overly cautious about my shin, and this was a last-minute entry so I didn’t think much about how I wanted to race it. I thought maybe I’d try for 52 or 53 minutes. It wasn’t until right before the race that I decided fuck it, go for sub-50.
Several months ago, I perhaps could have finished closer to 48 minutes. In that relay I did last winter, I ran 6.9 in 55:11, but I TRAINED for that race with regular speed work and lower mileage weeks. And then at some point I decided I wanted to forego speed in order to run ALL THE MILES, which is likely what got me “injured.” C’est la vie.
But in the last couple of weeks, I think I’ve found a sweet spot: 40ish miles a week with some kind of longer/longish/mid-distance run on Saturday and at least one quality speed session during the week. My trail half marathon is in 10 days, so I’m probably going to do a few more days of hard work before doing taperish things.
Also worth noting(ish?): I PRed by more than 15 minutes. SERIOUSLY, the last time I raced a 10k was in 2009 when I still smoked! You should try it sometime. Smoke for a decade, do a 10K, quit smoking, and then do another 10K four years later. You’ll blow your doors off.*
*Yeah, I just advised you to take up smoking.