I finally broke 50 minutes in the 10k race distance last week during the Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run turkey trot! I used to run the trail that this race was partially on when I first started running as a hobby back in 2007. So it was a bit of a hometown race for me.
It was a little windy and chilly race morning, but it was nothing compared to the 18 degree start at the Arvada Turkey Trek 10k I ran the Saturday before. I warmed up a little bit before the race with a 1/4 mile jog; I would have been well served to warm up for at least 1 mile, but I had to wait in line at the porta potty. Priorities, people.
I seeded myself in the middle of the pack and had to deal with a little bit of congestion the first half mile. After 3/4 miles in, it was pretty much open road, so I picked up the pace slightly. I stepped up the pace again during mile 3, when I first started seeing the ultra fast runners already on their way back. Once I did the turn myself, I saw that there were a lot of runners behind me. That was a big psychological boost, so I kept up my pace.
By mile 5, I couldn’t believe my pace and time. I even had a shot at breaking 50 minutes if I kept up the pace. “I don’t know if I’ll be in this good of running shape for a while,” I reasoned, and decided to take the pain and go for it. We were running on the trail by then and were off the graded road, so I was feeling great. I crossed the finish line with an official time of 49:43! I may have only broke 50 minutes by 17 seconds, but gosh darn it, I broke it.
My Garmin splits:
Men 30-34: 6/25