This year, I plan to focus on speed. I set my Garmin pace partner to a 10:30 pace thinking that I had been running 11:00 minute miles in training, so a 10:30 would be an appropriate race goal. Keep in mind, I had only started running again 2 weeks ago.
As the air horn blared, I kept up with the pack of runners. At about the half-mile mark I started passing people who were moving a little slower than me. When I reached the mile marker, I looked down at my Garmin. Staring back at me, my virtual partner told me that I was 1 minute ahead of pace. 1 minute? I just ran that mile in 9:30? Yes!
Amazingly, I was able to keep close to that pace throughout the rest of the race and cross the finish line at 30:59. Not bad for my first race of the new year. I checked my results when I got home and saw this:
- Run more small races. My division for this race only had 25 people in it. That helped a lot.
- Find races that give awards based on five year age groups. This means I'm looking to place in Female 30-34.
- Finally, (and most importantly as well as most difficult), I need to get my time below 28 minutes. I think this is doable, although it is going to require a lot of work.