Today was the day I've supposedly been training for. Run the Hood '11. I had signed up to run a 10k. I haven't run that distance before. In fact, the farthest I've run is 5k, except for the 4.75 miles I ran on a treadmill a few weeks ago (my only training for this race-oops).
This was a virtual race and what appealed to me was it was just a run. Just me versus the clock. Virtual means a little less stressful. Not the whole travel to someplace new at o'dark hundred and wait in line for a port-a-pottie.
My goals for this race were to:
1) Finish the 10K
2) Aim for a time of 1 hour 15min.
I mapped out a couple of different runs using map my run. I chose this one last night as I didn't have to cross too many roads.
Route I mapped out
Here I am just before heading out. I'm not wearing my race t-shirt 'cause I was too cheap to have the Sisterhood send two shipments to Canada, so I'll get it with all the other goodies, post-race.
It was a cooler day here in Calgary, partly sunny, ~5.5 C(~42 F).
Like I said before, I mapped my run, but I didn't read it well- this is what I actually ran
Mel's Run the Hood '11
So I ran 11.34 km (7.05 miles) in 1:16:52, average pace was 10:54 min/mile.
I ran 20 min, then walked 1 min. I walked several other times, usually 30s or so, but lost track. So I would have had a rockin' good time if I had actually run just 10k. But even better is I broke through the psychological barrier of 10k. Yes. Yes I can run 10K (and then some)!
Hope everyone else had a great run as well!