Tuesday, February 15, 2011

10k Tuesday

After thinking about it for a few weeks, I finally signed myself up for the GW Birthday 10k on Saturday!  I was pretty sure I was going to run it the whole time, but for some reason I was hesitant to commit.  But now the money has been paid, so I will be there!  I also went ahead and signed up for the mile on Monday too, because when do I ever have a chance to race a mile?  Plus, there was a discount for doing both.  And, yes, I ultimately am paying more, but I find it hard to turn down a running related sale! :)

I'm excited to take a shot at my 10k PR.  It's the "oldest" of my PRs, though old is all relative since it's only about 14 months old.  It's from the 2009 Jingle All the Way 10k, which was a very flat course.  It seems like this course is similarly speedy, with just an overpass incline.  This bodes well for me, as does the fact that last fall I came within 20 seconds of my PR on a course that was billed as the "hilliest in New Jersey."  I was also in the middle of marathon training and had run 13 miles the day before.  Needless to say, I was thrilled to be so close to my PR with all the factors working against me.  I think that my lower mileage right now, the fact that I have actually been doing speedwork, and the lack of a long run on Friday should all be in my favor on Saturday.

As for the mile, it should be interesting!  I was surprised by the speed I found last night at the track (3x1600 with 400 rest interval), so hopefully my legs feel similar on Monday. 


Rachel said...

good luck on both races! i've actually never raced a 10k, come to think of it. i guess it just hasn't been a popular distance for me! i would love to race a mile though. i have absolutely no idea what i could run, but it would be fun to run a race that ended at just one mile! you could totally go balls to the walls!

Katie said...

i thought about doing it as well, but really want a long run this weekend. have a blast, you're going to cream that PR!!!

Anonymous said...

I kind of remember the overpass on the way back as being challenging, but the year I ran it they measured the course incorretly and I think it was anywhere from .25 to .30 long. so maybe I was just tired! ;) see you there!!!