So, late last week, I decided to run 12 miles for training on Saturday. Thankfully, when my alarm went off I wasn't feeling it. I decided to sleep in. It was lovely. I went out and ran just over 4 Saturday morning. Went about the day getting ready for Billy's Birthday dinner.
We went to bed pretty early on Saturday (per usual) We got up about 6:30 and left for the race about 7:45. We made it down to OSU with plenty of time. Parking wasn't a problem.
We got to the stadium decided to get in line for restrooms while the line was short. We walked out the South Stands and looked at the field. It is pretty cool to be so close.
After awhile we walked over to our corrals. I decided to line up with the 10 minute group and hoped that I would stay 'just ahead' of the pack.
I met up with Sarah and we waited...our corral started moving..they then blocked us so that we were at the very start of the 3rd start. Hmm, never been in that situation. Regroup...Rethink my plan. I am at the front, I need to run my pace. Not worry about others.
**when you line up for a race and you are wearing jorts, you probably don't run a 10 minute mile...please do everyone a favor and move back!**
So, Mile 1 because survival. People pushing, lots of weaving.
Mile 2 became about breathing
Mile 3 - keep it going
Mile 4 - I CAN DO THIS
My splits were
Mile1 - 9:19
Mile 2 - 9:33
Mile 3 - 10:30
Mile 4 - 9:42
My goal was to finish and pass my time from last year. I surpassed that goal by 20 seconds! Quite pleased with myself.
**20 seconds may not seem like a ton, but it does feel faster when trying to work on speed.