Ran my first real 10k race today. By real I mean one that I was able to run it at my pace, as slow as that pace is.
I guess mine suffered from shrinkage as it has been cold”
I ended up with 1:08:00 for my 10K time. This shaved 6+ minutes off my last 10K PR time so that’s not bad. I was also able to get negative splits on almost every mile. Only mile 2 was a few seconds slower than the preceding mile. Average pace was 10:54. My last mile was at a 10:12 pace.
I felt okay at the end of the race and now which means I could have shaved a another minute or two off my total time. At no time was I huffing although the last 3 miles saw my HR creep from a low Zone 3 and into Zone 4. That’s telling me that my upcoming half (April 28th) I’ll have to slow it down.
Using the Race Predictor in Pace+ for Android it’s showing me at a 2:30 for a half. Which is IMO far more realistic than the Garmin race predictor which has me running a half in 1:51:19. The Garmin’s predictions in my opinion are more than a little jacked up. I can’t do a mile in 8 flat much less the 5K Garmin says I can do in 24:12. I’m honestly not sure what Garmin uses to get these numbers but they’re far more enthusiastic for everyone I know who has them than is possible.
Anyway the Pace+ at 2:30:00 is right where I think I may land. If I can do a half in 2:30 I’ll be fairly okay with that. I’m still 120lbs heavier than the average distance runner. That’s a LOT of dead weight to be carrying over long distances. It’s better than the almost 200lbs over the average runner I did have.
This race I ran with a Nathan hand held, I really like the strap on those, super soft materials. In it I had 150calories worth of Tailwind Orange, basically a scoop and a half. I went through almost all of the 15oz of it over the course of the race. The bottle supposedly holds 16 oz but I guess mine suffered from shrinkage as it has been cold. Or the fact that it’s double shelled for insulation is consuming some of the internal space.
For the Golden Driller Half I’ll be wearing my Jurek FKT vest with the one 20oz bottles of plain water and one with a 2 scoop Tailwind mix. I’ll also put probably 20oz or so in my bladder, not so much because I may need it all but to just balance things out.
Tomorrow is a 10K training run and I’m going to try the Green Tea Tailwind, I ordered a sampler pack to find out if I like one of the other flavors better. The Green Tea version appeals as it has caffeine in it which on early morning runs I can use to keep a caffeine headache at bay. I also picked up a bottle of SaltStick Plus tabs which have caffeine in them that I can also use to offset a headache.
I found the Tailwind to be better for me than any of the gels. I still prefer Stinger Waffles for taste, texture, enjoyment, but Tailwind is likely to become my primary fuel source for longer runs and I’ll reserve chewables for pre-race carb hits.
My Hoka Clifton 3’s held up well during the race, no complaints with them at all. I believe this is the first >4 mile run I’ve done in them. If I don’t find anything better I’ll probably order a couple or three pairs when the Clifton 4’s come out and the 3’s take a price cut. They’re not OMFG good but they’re good enough to invest in if there’s nothing better. I’m hoping the Topo road shoes get an upgrade this year, I’d love to give them another shot.