Saturday, May 04, 2013
A few years ago, my husband and I learned a valuable lesson about small town races. When there is both a 5k and a 10k offered at the same event, DO NOT register for the 10k! We are average recreational runners and at the time I was running between a 10 and 11 minute pace. Respectable but not likely to win any races. My husband was faster but we had chosen to run it together. In this case, all of those other average runners chose the 5k race and the 'serious' runners did the 10k. As a result, we came in second-to-last and last place - not just in an age group but in the entire race. My husband was a gentleman and let me finish before him so he was dead-last. It is very humbling to finish while they are tearing down everything and packing up. My husband's ego has never recovered.
Unfortunately, because of the time of year the race is we have not been able to run it since. It is towards the end of June and we have always been on vacation or had other plans that prevented us from going back. But this year is the year!
We are not going to run it together this time and each have a different goal. My 10k pace is now about 9-9:30 per mile (by the way, we had a 10:30 pace the first time we did the race so we weren't exactly turtles!). Given how fast the other runners in this race tend to be, I don't know that my faster pace is enough to avoid last place again. Even my ego can't withstand another last place finish. So instead I am going to do the 5K. My pace should be about 8:30-8:45 and my goal is to finish in the top 3 of my age group. There is no other choice but the 10k for my husband. His goal pace is 7:20, which will at least put him in the middle of the pack. He is even planning on wearing his race tshirt from the first time with 'LAST PLACE' written on it :)
As I sit here writing, my legs are sore from a 20 minute sprint workout I did a couple of days ago. I know that there will be several more speed workouts in the next month and a half. Redemption is a powerful motivator and I'm looking forward to kicking some butt this year!