Today was just one of those days were everything came together perfectly. I was well trained and well rested. The 10 mile course was pancake flat. The weather was 52 degrees and overcast.
My goal was to shave 10 minutes off my last 10 mile race which meant a goal time of 1:41. My "secret" goal that I only told my hubby about was 1:40. I would be proud to come in averaging under a 10 minute mile for all 10 miles.
I felt strong at the start. Of the splits I can remember:
Mile 1: 9:17
Mile 2: 18:40
Mile 3: 28:56
Mile 4: 38:??
Mile 5: 48:25 (saw the clock and when running past the chute for the 5 mile finishers)
Mile 6 - 8: off in never never land daydreaming about a hot shower and talking to myself about how I am going to hit my goal.
Mile 9: 1:30 exactly
Mile 10: 1:39:57 (or 58...not sure on exact final time) A NEW PR!
I am smiling from ear to ear. I am so proud of myself. To run all 10 miles under a 10 minute mile on average is quite a feat for me!
I can't wait to check out the professional pics. I saw a lot of photographers on the course and tried to smile nicely for them!