Saturday was the Aquarium Run 10k, the goal race for my Pathways group.
It was a great day for a race, cloudy and a little on the cool side.
After the photo, we all made our way to the starting corral. At this point, I still did not have a pacing strategy. My co-coach, Rozdi was running intervals. I knew I did not want to run intervals. But, because we had been running intervals in training, I wasn't sure anyone else would want to.
The gun went off and we settled into an easy 12:00 min/mile pace. At 9 minutes, Rozdi shouted out to walk. We were so close to the water stop, I told the goup that I wasn't going to walk, but would walk through the water stop instead. Melanie and Angie stayed with me.
We walked through the first water stop and resumed our pace of 11:45-12:15, walking only through the water stops or for a short break when one of us was tired.
Mile 4 was our slowest lap. When we turned around and headed back south, the wind had picked up significantly, so we now had a strong head wind.
Although the course was relatively flat, this lap was "uphill"
And, I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit tired myself.
But, they picked the pace back up at mile 5 and didn't let up.
They kicked it in on mile 6 and finished strong!!
Melanie beat her goal time with a finish time of 1:14:24
My husband, who had gotten a 10k PR, was waiting for me at the finish.