Another part of my New Year’s Goals is to take better notes on my races. I started doing this last year with my tri’s, but didn’t do too much tracking of other races.
It was bitter cold for the New Year’s Resolution Run – a frigid 20 degrees with a feels like of 9 degrees because of 10 mph wind. I picked up my race packet earlier in the day after my swim so I was able to jog up to the starting line and didn’t have to worry about having anything with me. It was a decent race packet – 2 shirts and a eco-friendly canvas bag. The mile up to the high school provided a good warm up and I still had time for some stretching and strides.
The course was a bit different this year – an out and back rather than a loop around the lake. The change made it much hillier than last year with 2 40ft inclines and a couple more smaller ones. I started off in the middle of the pack, but it wasn’t too congested so I was able to make my way up closer to the front pretty quickly. It was nice to keep a group of people in front of me though to draft off of. However, by the time I reached the turn around point, it had thinned out enough that it was hard to stay in a pack.
I didn’t look at my watch the whole race, so seeing a PR of 27:40 (6:50 pace) as I crossed the finish line was very exhilarating. My splits, 6:44, 6:50, 7:04, 6:44, seemed about right for how I felt during the race. The 3rd mile was definitely the hilliest of the miles which is probably why it was the slowest. I was most surprised by the first mile split though because I didn’t think I had that fast of a start. My time last year was a 29:08, so I knocked nearly a minute and a half off of that.
I ended up getting a medal for my age group. Awards went 5 deep in each age group. I was 6th in my age group, but 3rd overall was in my age group, so they are removed from the age group awards which bumped me up to 5th.
Overall, it was a great way to start off a new year of running.