Happy Marathon Monday! I’m checking in to tell you all about my race yesterday at the Hershey 10k! Spoiler: I PRed!!! And I totally have the new PR glow still today. 🙂
As you know if you’ve been reading a while. 10ks (used to) scare the crap out of me. I couldn’t figure out how to pace myself the right way so I wasn’t in pain the entire time, and I mentally defeated myself when it came to the distance. I’ve run three before, and this year I decided I was going to focus on the 10k, and not only become more comfortable running that distance, but also PR. I know it sounds silly that I would be scared to run a 10k since I have done a bunch of 5ks, halfs and a marathon, but honestly I just never knew how to run it the right way.
I have run the Hershey Half Marathon before so I was comfortable with running a race in that location logistics-wise. But I was nervous because I had a time goal, and I knew the course would be a little hilly.
As I mentioned on Friday, I used TazRunning.com to figure out my mile splints for a 1:15:00 finish and a 1:17:00 finish. My goal was to finish somewhere in there. But really, anything less than 1:19:34 would make me a happy camper.
Okay back to the race.
Someone said “go” and we were off. I was somewhere in the middle of the cluster of runners, and luckily we were chip timed at the start and finish so my official time was the same as my Garmin.
Mile 1: 11:49. A little fast, I was aiming for 12:01-12:21. But there was a good amount of downhill so I focused on going slower on the flat parts to not tire out.
Mile 2: 12:44, overall at 24:33. Still in my goal of 24:07-24:45. But slow for an overall mile time. This is where the hills started though. The course was also not that exciting at this point (just running through a parking lot and on a road). I continued to focus on going faster on the few downhills (while still trying to let gravity do the work), to make up for my slowness on the uphills.
Mile 3: 12:42, overall 37:14. Still on target for 1:17, but the 1:15 wasn’t going to happen unless there was a miracle. I still felt really good physically and mentally though. When I had doubts, I pushed them out of my head quickly. I stayed focused on keeping my legs moving and focused on the next mile split that I needed to hit.
Mile 4: 12:55, overall 50:09. Starting to lose a grip on the 1:17 and I was getting tired of the hills that just kept coming. But I stayed positive and continued to focus.
Mile 5: 13:44, overall 1:03:53. Yikes. Not the splits I wanted to see for this mile. We were in Hershey Park at this point and again the hills killed my time. But I knew I could still pull out a PR. I just had to keep going.
Mile 6: 13:39, overall 1:17:32.
Last .2: 1:14 (10:55 pace, I hit an 8:02 somewhere in there).
For the last half mile or so I decided to gun it. I WAS going to get that PR dammit. I turned the corner into Hershey Park Stadium, saw the finish and gave it everything I had left.
I finished in 1:18:47! A New PR! And miraculously, my official results match my garmin results to the second!
My splits weren’t what I had hoped, so I’m a little bummed about that. But a PR is a PR! I felt so good and strong during the majority of the race. I’m pretty confident that had the course been a little flatter I could have gotten that 1:17.
Even more importantly though, I have so much more confident in my ability to run the 10k distance now! The training plan provided to me by Jen helped me so much! I can’t recommend her enough!
Who knows, maybe I’ll run a 10k again in the near future. 🙂