There was no run around the block to stimulate the legs this morning, every ounce of energy instead focused on remaining awake. In an effort to relieve recent stomach predicaments, I also decided to forgo coffee for the first time in months (two changes to a pre-race routine, yikes).
Ally was kind enough to drive up, allowing me to feign sleep for a few more minutes. Once there it wasn’t long before the usual gang arrived and 45’ before the start we headed out for a casual warm-up. During my pre-race 4’ tempo session, I couldn’t have felt more uncomfortable, Friday’s run was going to be my downfall. That said, after missing the pack at Mill Bay I wanted to “race” Cedar, irrespective of legs, I was sticking with my plan.
The start was fine, the first few kilometers passing quickly and with relative comfort. Just after 4-k, I took a mental snapshot, shoulders were relaxed, chin down, my legs felt… smooth? Having never worn a HRM during a race before I decided to check my status, HR 163? I was confused, I expected to see it in the high 160s at least, was I not working hard enough? I ignored the data instead focusing on the moment; for the first time since April I felt like I was racing, not fast, but racing.
The pace felt comfortable, and when turning around at the half, (the low point) and heading back into the hills, I was surprised to see my level of comfort/discomfort remain the same. Finishing the race today left me feeling happy, happy that I split the 10-k in 35:30 (16’ faster then Mill Bay), happy that I felt in control and happy that I raced.
My only query is whether I raced hard enough? Obviously, I couldn’t have done faster otherwise I would’ve, but, do I need to learn how to hurt? The race today felt more akin to half-marathon pace not 10-k, I guess that bodes well for Comox in a month.
3:27 (159, 166)
3:26 (163, 165)
3:31 (163, 165)
3:38 (163, 166)
3:26 (160, 163)
3:36 (163, 164)
3:32 (162, 163)
3:32 (162, 164)
3:40 (161, 163)
3:42 (163, 164)
3:37 (163, 165)
3:25 (164, 165)
A.M. 1:34:30, with 42:32 at the Cedar 12-k (15th overall, 6th in my age group), AHR 162, MAX 166
P.M. and enjoyable 34:03 around Beacon Hill Park and every grassy boulevard in between (my feet were sore on the roads)