I was thinking that I was going to do a Tale of Two Races, but then thought that it would be too difficult to try to bear the poor performance at both races. I thought for sure that I would do better on 4/17/2010 for the Breakthrough Run for Autism. However, that was NOT the case.
My finish time was a 26:22 on a course that I had previous done a 24:12 and 24:11, so why the 2 minute difference? I have a speculation, but more on that later…
At the mile split, I knew I was in trouble because my 8:15ish pace FELT like 7:30 and so when Slower Feels Like Faster that is NOT a good thing. Close to Mile 2, I started to walk, just a short distance, then off to running again. I stopped again just before the 3 mile mark, hidden from the view of the finishline. I took the last 0.25 mile or so to bleed off any energy I might have left, it was a race anyhow! In the last 0.1 of a mile, I picked off 3 runners and the runner with the running stroller who passed me just a few minutes past.
I was not in all that of a happy place when I finished, so I went and got a bottle of water, a banana, got in my vehicle and headed home.
Nobody played the Guess My Time contest game, so I’ll guess that I’ll just contest for the Half marathon on 4/24/2010.