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Beating the Clock

Monday, June 03, 2013

Now that I've more or less gotten comfortable with longer distances, my focus is now on becoming faster. I've got a string of races coming up with in the next month or two, in which I will 1) race various distances I haven't yet raced to get my first official times for these distances and 2) get faster.

Yesterday I had a 4 mile race, but the recent increase in heat and humidity had me very worried. The race organization was sending out heat advisories daily with tips to avoid heat exhaustion on race day, recommending people to start hydrating two days before. I wasn't so good about this, and was worried about having to go very slowly during the race.

When I arrived at the race and stood in my corral waiting for the start, I was already becoming sweaty. Not good. I tried to take it easy, but also was aware that I wanted to beat my 9:33 pace from my last 4 mile race. The race itself was congested, as people didn't exactly start in their proper corrals, making it quite difficult to weave through people. There were a few times I had to slow until I could find a gap in the crowd to pass through.

I passed the first water station at mile one, but stopped briefly for water at miles two and three. Around mile two I was beginning to feel the effects of the heat, but was having difficulty calculating my pace and was worried that the heat was making me run more slowly. Fortunately, after the extra hydration, I starting feeling a bit cooler, and I was very happy to see when I crossed the finish line with a 9:22 pace. Hooray!

Next up, a 10k this Saturday. This will be my first 10k race, but I'm hoping to continue with the 9:30 miles, as that's what I had averaged up to that point during my half marathon. We shall see how it goes!
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