|Your confidence in me is touching. I can't help but wonder if it's misplaced!|
Here's the thing: Two weekends ago, I held an ~8:30 pace to achieve my new 5k PR. That's amazing to me. I can't believe I did it; I honestly cannot even fathom holding that pace for 4 miles, let alone 6.2. The 10k is a whole different animal than the 5k.
I think maybe I can hold 9:30 for a 10k, or even 9:30 for five miles and then a faster finish. That would give me a sub-60 race. Like I mentioned a few weeks ago, I'm not sure what my 10k PR really is, and I know I'd be happy with a sub-60 race.
But I don't want to let myself off the hook. I know you all believe in me; I'd hate to disappoint you. At the end of the day, though, this race is about me and my goals, so...
|These are public now, so I have to be accountable!|
I want to really give this race my all. In a way, the last year of training has been for this race, so I owe it to myself to really go for it.
And of course, I have other goals. I also want to run a smart race, to avoid walking, and to start at a decent pace and maintain it without burning myself out.
This is Elizabeth's first race, and it's important to me that she enjoys it; she knows I may not run it with her, but I want her to finish feeling proud and exhilarated! (Even though she's already run the 10k distance before, I told her there's nothing like crossing a finish line, and I hope she understands what I mean by late Saturday morning!)
|She keeps saying, "I don't get why an 'official' 10k will feel different than just running the distance..." Hopefully she'll see!|
I know my legs can do it; I know they can outrun discomfort. If I can breathe through it, I think my goal is within reach. I need to trust my training, turn off my brain, and let my body do what I've been consistently training it to do.
Wish me luck!
Any 10k tips or tricks?