St Patrick’s Day Race

Today’s 10 km was my first race of the year. The weather was good for a race this morning with the temperature sitting a couple degrees above 0. The roads were also in decent shape considering the rate at which the snow has been melting here the last few days.

As I mentioned before, I went into this race with no set goal in mind other than figuring my time would be pretty close to my time from my last 10 km race in May of last year.

A bonus to this race is that it started at the High School a few blocks from my house so I did not have to leave the house early. I felt pretty good as I got started and managed to keep a steady pace for most of the race.

In the end I finished with a chip time of 44:02 which is about 45 seconds slower than my 10 km time from last year. I guess I have a goal for my race 10 km race in April! Incidentally, that 10 km race will be run on the same course as today’s race.

I am pleased with today’s result. I didn’t go out intending to set any records. My overall pace of 4:27 per km is slightly quicker than the pace I have been running my tempo runs at.

I am pretty confident now that I can run a quicker 10 km next month. For one thing I will likely not be wearing a pair of gloves on race day. Today when I took off my gloves at the halfway point I kept them in my hands instead of putting them in my pocket. Sure enough I ended up dropping one about 1 km later and had to turn around to retrieve it. I won’t make that mistake next time.

The positive thing about today’s race is that I was able to pick up the pace in the last 2 km of the race and make up some lost time from earlier.

Next up for me in terms of races is likely a half-marathon on April 10 followed by the previously mentioned 10 km a week later.

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