10k in 5:50 pace
3 mile warmup
10k in 36:14 (541, 557, 607, 545, 543, 543, 1:15) for 1st place female, and 4th overall
2.2 miles cool down for 11.4 total miles
In 2009 at the Charlotte Racefest Half Marathon, I ran a 1:23:50 for third place overall. That was not a fun race for me. This year, even though I opted for the shorter, more forgiving distance of a 10k, my goal was to race better than I had in 2009. Fortunately, Greg Shore and John Fillette decided to also toe the line today, providing me with some people to run against. After a nice warmup with John, Anna, and Aaron, we all meandered over the to start line, where I did my classic warmup "hip thrusts" while Aaron squatted in a position eerily similar to one you would do behind a tree in the woods.
|we freaked Kati Robertson out enough that she took a pic|
Unfortunately, I hadn't dropped Greg quite yet. I realized that he was typically stronger than me on the uphill, but that I was stronger on the downhill. So, at the last downhill before the long Barclay Downs hill, I surged ahead, and used that momentum to keep my speed going up the hill. Somewhere along that dreadful hill, I managed to put a couple of meters between the two of us...a sizable enough gap that he wasn't able to close. Somehow I managed to come through the finish line just under 36:15, which was right on my target pace. Greg was just a few seconds behind, and we high-fived. He also apologized for drafting off of me the entire race, which I didn't really mind. There wasn't any wind, after all. Everyone had a good race. Paul won, Aaron got second with a huge PR, and Greg's friend came away with some prize money.
All in all, I accomplished my goals for this race. Most importantly, I walked away with $200, which will immediately go towards my moving expenses that will be incurred in just one month's time.