The week leading up to the race wasn't a great one. Stress at work, general grumpiness etc. etc. etc. So I really wasn't expecting much as far as performance but I wanted to get a 10K in really badly before the marathon relay this Saturday so I thought What the hell and signed up. The atmosphere at Komen events is like none other. Pink everywhere and people....so...many...people. For someone who hates crowds (i.e. ME) there are few things that will lure me to a crowded place. Races just tend to be one of those things. Anyway, there was a great survivors parade and all kinds of booths and music and general funness. What there wasn't plenty of was parking. Which I guess is the norm for an event of this caliber.
Great Ladies I never got the chance to meet...
Seriously packed at the start!
|Name:||Rennay Cooke||Division:||Female 20 to 24||City, State:||Louisville, KY|
|Bib:||2681||Division Place:||15||Total Division:||22|
|10K - Timed Place:||322||Chip Time:||1:04:21||Pace:||10:23/M|
|1st Half Rank:||317||1st Half Time:||29:56||1st Half Pace:||9:59/M|
|2nd Half Rank:||320||2nd Half Time:||34:25||2nd Half Pace:||11:28/M|
WHAT????!!!!!????! A 29:56 5k split?! And a 34:25 second 5k?! Who was I? Not to mention the 10:23 average mile. I was completely floored when I checked my watch and saw 1:04:49, especially when I saw online that it was actually 1:04:21. My last 5 mile time was around 1:06 to give you a frame of reference. I've now learned that I train WAY too slow and really run scared a lot. I'm super cautious when it comes to training but I think I need to give myself a little credit and just see what I can do. During a lot of training runs I throw out a 10:somethingorother mile time and say, "Oh! That's too fast! I can't hold that!" and I slow way way down. Maybe there's something to be said for not having mile markers and clocks and GPS trackers. While you ponder that, here are some more pictures.
The Colonel in the flesh after his first 10K finish!
The Whole Gang!