I left this race pretty disappointed in myself. As previously posted I was anticipating a 56 min finish. That did not happen. I started out too fast with the first 2 miles at an 8:45 pace and i just couldn't keep it. I physically felt great with no hip or knee pain which is great but that just means i lost the mental battle. I let my head win not my heart.
This was a small race. There were only 29 people in the 10k portion. The other 100+ people were in the 5k. Everything was well executed EXCEPT water stations. They had 1station before you even reached 1mile. In hind sight i should've grabbed some then but i figured they'd have some sooner then they did. This may have affected my time some. The next 3 miles were in the direct sun. I was so hot and thirsty and as it turned out the next water stop was at mile 4. I stopped a few times to walk and my finish time I'm not super proud of. I should have been able to come in at under an hour and i didn't. My official time was 1:03:24. (6.3miles). A 10min pace.
I placed 19th overall. 3rd in my age category. Sounds more impressive than it was. Remember there was only 29 people.
So, anyway. I finished my first 10k and that's what counts. I've already decided that I'm coming back to this race next year and I'm going to redeam myself! I will conquer the Paddys Pig. I will make this race mine.
*Things to work on.
Running in heat.