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Monday, April 03, 2017

Yesterday was the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in DC. My longest race in over 5 years. Early this year, once I knew I was in via the lottery process, I set a goal time of 2 hours. That's a 12 minute mile. That's doable, but fast for me, especially at longer distances.

I trained for it, but not particularly hard. My training runs tended to hover around a 12:30/mile. But, hey, as long as I beat the sweep bus, that's all that matters, I reassured myself.

The last few races I've done I've run faster than I train. The relay race I did in November I kept telling myself to slow down because I was sure I would die at mile 5 or so, but I never did. Then there was that 30 minute 5K in December - a solid 5+ minute PR.

So, yesterday the big day came, and for miles 1-3 I was *exactly* on pace. And I was feeling pretty good. And I started speeding up just a tiny bit. And I still felt pretty good. And somewhere along the way I actually passed a couple of my friends I thought for sure were way faster than I am.

Well, whattya know, at the end I finished in 1:58:31, for an 11:51/mile pace. I am SOOOOOOOO PROUD OF MYSELF!

I have found over the last ~6 months that I do better when I have something to train for. I work a little harder, eat a little healthier, do a little better. So, off to find something in a few months that will be a stretch. The obvious goal is a half marathon but I'm just not sure I want this next stretch to be a running goal. Ideas welcome!
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