by mims on January 17, 2012
I didn’t do too well in this one. Route, logistics, weather and everything else was great, so I only have myself to blame. This time I thought it would be a good idea to follow Acap, who has a PB of 61mins, it sounded smarter than trying to stay with Jo, who has a PB of 55mins.
I lasted no more than 3 minutes before Acap was completely out of sight. And after that I was mentally destroyed. The thought that really did it for me at the time was “there’s no way in hell I can even get close and stick to Acap’s pace over 10k, no matter how hard I trained, so there’s no way I can ever get my time under 65mins. Ever. So what’s the point? Just give up now.”
So I did. I just ran half-heartedly throughout the whole thing, stopping for a walk even when I didn’t really have to. And even running at a languid pace, I didn’t enjoy it. My mind was simply not there. I just wanted it to be over with, right from the beginning. And never ever run a 10K again.
I hope I never feel like that again during a run.
It all comes down to, wrong strategy, wrong strategy, wrong strategy.
I know that I’m not a naturally fast person, but that lesson hit home hardest that Sunday. What I should’ve done was ease into the run and pick up the pace later, instead of flooring it at flag-off. I thought of my Otto Hutt 15K, which I ran at my own pace instead of trying to hang on to someone else’s, the route was much more difficult and longer, but I feel like I ran that one better than Mizuno. I think my average pace was better, given that it had 10 hills and 5K longer. At the very least, I got to enjoy the first half of the race before going to work on the 2nd half.
So yes, lesson learned the hard way: run your own pace!
Official time – 1:10:20
Ranking – 136/615
The race was run efficiently and I would’ve enjoyed the route (except for that last super-murderous hill). There was a long queue to pick up your medal and goodie bag, but the line moved quick enough. Overall no complaints on how the event was run.
I contracted a fever the day after the run, that makes it three times this year. Maybe my body is telling me I need to rest, or just the unavoidable fact that no matter how much fitter you get, as you age the recovery takes longer and longer.
Oh well, I think I’m gonna stay away from 10Ks for awhile, it is my ego that can’t take it! Heh.