I am starting this post about the 20k as I eat breakfast this morning. I just went back and read my race report from last year and really REALLY hope that this is not a repeat. Last year I didn't feel ready for the 20k and I really don't feel ready for it again this year. I have been running, just not much distance - it has been a month since I ran 8+miles . . . oh well, it is what it is.
I am staying positive and trying to remember to start slow. My plan is to keep a close eye on my watch and really try to stay to 10 minute miles. I would be very happy to finish with an avg pace of 10min miles. And if the running gods are watching over me and feel favorable, I would really like to push that down, especially during the last 4 miles . . . but we will see.
The weather is a concern. Temperature is a little warmer that I would LOVE - but still a lovely 58 at race time and it should remain around 60 for the duration of the race. Trust me I am not complaining about the temperatures . . . but what concerns me is the HUMIDITY! I have a hard time running in humid conditions and the humidity level is hovering around 80%. Obviously my body has a hard time cooling down. Since the evaporation process works to cool you down - with the high humidity there is little evaporation going on! I also have a hard time getting my breath! I know what I need to do . . . slow down!
So that is the plan - wear a sleeveless top and shorts - keep as much of my body exposed as possible! Trust me that does not sound good for a 56 yr old. If I were younger I would just wear a sports bra . . . but not at this age. Skip my hat - it doesn't look like rain, and it is overcast - so no reason to keep any extra heat on my head! Carry my hand held with water and take it slow! Find a pace and keep to it! And most importantly ENJOY the run! And definitively stop and enjoy the beer sample around 15k.
Update after the run!
I am done! I finished the race in 2:05:37 - AVG pace 10:07
1 - 9:50
2 - 9:36
3 - 10:08 - had to stop and retie my car key on my shoe - it was hitting my ankle and driving me crazy!
4 - 9:50
5 - 10:24
6 - 10:04
7 - 10:29
8 - 10:29 - enjoyed a Dixie cup of beer!
9 - 10:06
10 - 10:04
11 - 10:21 - was following a runner and sort of sitting back and waiting until mile 12
12 - 10:11 - just told myself to keep running
.42 - 4:01
Overall - based on my training - I was very happy. I walked through all water stops, even though I brought my own water - it provided me with the break that I needed. Miles 7 & 8 were a little slower than I would have liked - but I was just telling myself to keep it slower so that I had enough to finish!
The weather was perfect. Overcast and under 60 degrees. The humidity was not a factor! Yahoo!
Next on the agenda for today is a 20mile bike ride. I am meeting up with a friend to do the Madtown Maiden Alleycat bike ride. Should be fun. There are 6-7 stops along the route where you have to do certain tasks - get stamped - and then continue on to the next stop. We don't get the maps until 5 minutes before the start! It should be fun. My husband joked . . . wouldn't it be funny if you had to run at one of the stops! NOT! ;-)
Enjoy every moment.