AM: Beach to Beaon 10k in 38:58
I haven't run this race since 2015, even though I was signed up in 2016. It was my first 10k since running Beach to Beacon in 2015 (other than a 10k time trial I paced with some buddies in spring 2016)I had a pretty tough race and blew up pretty bad. It was extremely humid and it has been a fairly dry summer in Detroit. I wasn't much in the racing mood as the day before my brother and I got into a serious fight with my dad about his behavior. Trying to figure out what to do going forward preoccupied me and I haven't sleep well for several days
We stayed in a motel in Old Orchard Beach and my family dropped me off toward the starting line. I could tell I was going to need to hit the woods, which made me more anxious as things of that nature are pretty good on race day. I warmed up 2.7 miles with some strides and felt pretty good.
The first mile is a decent, gradual downhill and I was hoping to run around 6-minute pace or faster. The first mile was 5:51. I felt decent, but after the second mile I knew it was going to be rough. The humidity was around 100% and the dew point was 69. The air temp was in the lower 70s. From there I lost concentration and had a hard time being motivated. I really felt like I was going through the ups and downs of a marathon. At 3 miles, I really wanted to jog it in as nothing was really working. I tried to fight back, but the hills had me feeling like I was barely moving. I did manage to garner strength for a strong kick for the partial as I have been able to do every year I have run this race. I finished feeling spent even though the splits don't reflect that. Cooled down 3 miles barefoot on the grass
Splits: 5:51, 6:09, 6:16, 6:19, 6:27, 6:45, (4:57 pace for the partial). HR 177
It was a rough race. Some things could have been better. I think I just mentally gave up and I wasn't prepared for the humidity or the hills given that I run completely flat routes. Mostly an easy recovery week this week before gearing up for fall and the Detroit half