This race always comes at a bad time…..it’s always the week after Blue Ridge Marathon or Promise Land. I rested all last week , in hopes that I would recover enough to run the 10k at a decent pace.
I had originally registered for the half, but decided to step down to the 10k…due to running Promise Land last week. I had never ran this 10k before, so I really didn’t have much to base a goal time on. I have ran the half twice. I decided a goal would be 55 minutes, based on other’s past performances.
I felt fine before the race, but you never know…especially after doing a tough 50K 7 days before. I ran hard for around 2 miles, but quickly realized that I did not have it. I had nothing. I slowed down, then slowed down some more. I walked a lot. It was pretty pitiful…for me. I was just trying to get it over with and finish it. My early hopes were to place, then by mid race I just wanted the completion points. It was really frustrating, but I made the best of it. I crossed the line at 1:08 or so and everyone could see the frustration on my face.
I went back down to the trail to cheer in the half marathoners. When they started finishing, I congratulated them at the finish line. That and hanging out with everyone, was the fun part of the day.
I finished last in my age group and both of my main competitors beat me, but they were 5th and 6th.
The usuals still did great, like Tabitha (second oa female), Robert (first AG despite PL legs) and Doug Falls (second Ag). Carla Cross made her first MJ race this year. She placed third in the half!
I have a month to recover until the next race, which is Conquer the Cove 25k or marathon…I have not decided yet. It depends on how I am feeling, the weather and the competition.