This was the third and final installment of the local Winter Distance Series. I signed up for the long series (10k, 10 mi, 10 mi) hoping that it would keep me motivated to run. I think it did. I had fun at the races (it helps the weather was amazing each time) and I saw improvement with each race. I didn't set any PRs, but I didn't expect to, being so close after a major injury. It was nice to be on the same course each time, as that made comparing races really easy. I would definitely sign up for the series in the future.
That being said, we were really lucky that it wasn't freezing out or snowing. I wore shorts and a tank top for the final race and now I have tan lines. Sweet!
I did better this time, getting there a tiny bit early. I had my usual 100 calories of First Endurance Liquid Shot with some of their Pre-Race mixed in. I did a 10 min warmup. It should have been more like 15-20, but hey, its better than the 5 min I did the month prior!
Last month's 10 miler was a bit of a disaster. I was controlled through the first 5 miles but then I ran too fast after the turn around, partially because I felt good and partially to catch up with my friends. I then wanted to die after 7.5 miles and found myself in negotiations with myself to complete the race. Not awesome. I also carried a small container of Liquid Shot with me and took big gulps of it at mile 5 and 7.5. I don't know if this contributed to my poor performance and my stomach also wasn't thrilled with being hit with a surge of calories all at once. Also: it was a pain to carry my hand-held water bottle AND the LS flask.
This time I wanted to start out conservatively to mile 5, then s-l-o-w-l-y increase pace. I also mixed ~300 calories into my hand-held with water for more consistent but diluted calorie intake.
Not a ton to report. I'm glad I wore a tank top and shorts. I warmed up with sleeves on as well and ditched those before the race started. Good call, because it was pretty warm out.
I was very conservative, keeping my HR down around 155 bpm for the first 5 miles. I was shooting for an 11:00 pace but I was actually a bit faster. I stayed on plan and increased my HR to ~160 for miles 6 - 7, 165 to mile 8 - 9, and than ran as hard as I could for the final mile.