This Sunday, I will run the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler . I ran it last year and was basically at my goal time of 90 minutes. I actually finished in 1:30:35, so that's pretty darn close. I started faster than my goal asked me to, and yes I struggled with those last two miles. But I told myself those fast early miles put some time in the bank for me.
I really like the ten mile distance. I like how easy it is to calculate pace from your finish time. I like the 10K and 5K, but they have a .2 and a .1 tacked on to the finish that throws off your pace calculations a little. But the 10 mile is nice and even!
My first ten mile race was the Annapolis Ten was back in 1998. And while cleaning out the basement, I found an old training log from the week before the race!!
Yes, this training log is from 1998, almost 20 years ago. And I did a 400s workout a few days before the race. Check out those times! 89, 89, 89, 89, 91 and 89! Not too bad. Is it weird or exciting to think that I've been doing 400 workouts for over 20 years?
I ran a 1:26:57 in the 1998 Annapolis 10. That would be a sweet finish time for a ten miler for me now. It's not my best 10 mile time, but it's close, about 2 min off. My best 10 mile time was from the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in 2012.
Here's a 400 workout I did last week. As you can see, the interval times are little slower than 20 years ago.
I didn't do these on a track, I actually did them on the street in front of my house. My odd number intervals (1, 3, 5) were all mostly downhill and I ran them in 1:53, 1:50, and 1:48. The even number intervals were uphill. Not a crazy uphill but a definite slope and they were 1:56 and 1:55.
Honestly I'm pretty proud of those times. And I don't mind doing intervals on the roads because I'm racing on the roads. I need to be ready to tackle hills during the race.
Coach Anne-Marie encourages me to have several levels of goals so I can celebrate something even if other things go wrong. So since I've been suffering from vertigo caused by labrynthitis over the past several weeks, my most basic goal is to feel well enough to start and finish the race. My next level goal is to run with the 9:00 min/mile pace group and finish around 90 min. And then my stretch goal is to run with the 9:00 min/mile pace group and if I feel good, speed up a little on the last few miles and finish faster than 90 min.
The race is in a few days, so wish me luck if you see me out on the roads!