>> Monday, October 03, 2011
Yesterday was the TC 10 Mile and the TC Marathon. It was Pharmie's TWELFTH STRAIGHT TC Marathon and my 3rd straight TC 10 Mile. Last year, this was my big "A-race," and I hit my sub-60 goal with a finish time of 59:05. This year, with Henry and my new job in the mix, I knew I couldn't break that time. As I posted last week, I figured I'd finish between 1:00:00 and 1:02:15.
Speaking of Henry... he was awake just after me yesterday morning - I was up at 5 and he was up around 5:20. I fed him a bit, and then he barfed all over my race shirt:
It's true: we found out the next day that Pharmie was pregnant!
"READY... SET... GOOOOOOO!!!!!"
I was too far back. D'oh. Cliff was jumping around people, and so was I. I had lost him a number of times, but we ended up side-by-side around mile 1. I was darting in-and-out of "traffic," and I ran on the curb for a block to pass a big group.
· Mile 1: 6:05
"A BIT of a faster start than last year, but I know this won't last!"
The next mile was still downhill too, so I figured these might be my 2 fastest miles for a while. I wanted them to be fast, BUT I didn't want to go too hard and die later on. I was already breathing pretty hard. I was a bit worried.
· Mile 2: 6:08
"OK. Not bad. Keep that breathing in check."
The next mile goes uphill along the river, then up a quick, steep little hill as we get onto a bridge to cross to the St. Paul side of the Mississippi. Going up that hill, I decided to "attack" the hill. Immediately, I thought "What the hell are you doing? You can't be 'ATTACKING' hills with your reduced training this year! Back off, big boy!" I wasn't trying to be negative, I was just trying to NOT make a horrible decision that would kill me in the end. So I backed off a bit, but not really until the last 1/4 of the hill.
· Mile 3: 6:13
"That's good for the big uphill section. Now pick it up a bit."
I enjoyed the flats along the river. I heard a couple of cheers for "Steve in a Speedo!" Thanks! This was where I did the majority of my training runs, so I was comfortable here. And it showed in my time....
· Mile 4: 6:03
"Nice. Maintain this."
I was being a lot more chatty this year compared to last year where I was "all business." I asked others how they were doing, said "good morning" a lot, etc. Oh, and Cliff was still just about 2 seconds in front of me! We were working out our race plan!
· Mile 5: 6:17
· First 5 Miles: 30:49
"If I can hold this, I've got my sub-1:02 goal. Even if I let some of the next miles slip away a bit..."
I was ready for some slowed miles. I don't know if it's ME (my racing style), or if it's the deceptive uphills in the next few miles that have made my splits slow the last 2 times I've raced this. I knew my times were going to drop, but I tried to push it.
My legs felt OK, my breathing wasn't too bad, and what hurt the most was the bottom of my feet. They were starting to scream!
· Mile 6: 6:32
"Ohhh.... that's quite a drop. Shit. Just keep working, Steve!"
This is the depressing time for me in a 10 mile. I'm hurting, but there's still a few miles to go. I think my times MIGHT drop here because of my "metal" issues, and NOT because there's a slight uphill.
· Mile 7: 6:25
"Double shit. That should have been faster. GO STEVE! NOW!!"
TRUTH TIME: I should have gone faster in those last 2 miles. I was taking it too easy on myself. I wasn't sure how much I could work through, so instead of pushing the limit, I just kept it a little easier. I don't feel like I "failed," but I'm not happy that I kept it so easy. (And really, it wasn't EASY - it just wasn't as hard as it could have been.)
So there was never a moment where I thought I'd have to walk. I thought I might go too hard and have to walk a bit, but I kept my pace easier than that. I actually thought I could really start to go hard at this point. There was still plenty left "in the tank."
· Mile 8: 6:03
"You're feeling OK. Can you go sub-6 for the final 2 miles? Averaging 6:05 / mile for these last 2 miles will keep you under 1:02!!"
I went hard. I kept passing people, and I smiled and urged many to follow me. One guy was really breathing hard / weird. It sounded like Pharmie in labor. No joke. I just said "good morning" to him and moved on.
· Mile 9: 6:02
"Oh, you've GOT sub-1:02 in the bag! Now GO HARD! ALL OUT! NOW!"
Last year at this point, I was fighting the urge to walk. (But I was also over 2:00 faster at this point.) This year, I felt like I had lots left to give. I didn't really think I had TOO much left, but I knew I had enough left to go FAST! I hit the 9th mile marker, and I literally cranked it up a notch. I found another gear and went hard.
I hadn't even spotted my in-laws (or Henry) in the distance before I heard my sister-in-law Annie shouting "GOOOOOO STEEEEEEEEVE!!!"
Too much of a heel-strike. Dang.
I felt like I was f-l-y-i-n-g!!
Oh, that's some sweet swass-marks forming!
· Mile 10: 5:27
"Umm, sure, that's a 'downhill' mile that's always pretty fast, but that's FASTER than my 5K PR pace!!"
(I ran that closing mile in 5:40 in 2009, and 5:36 in 2010.)
1:01:20 chip time
6:08 per mile pace
21st out of 506 in the 30-34 age group
139th out of 7548 overall
30:49 first 5 miles / 30:31 second 5 miles (unofficially)
That's right where I predicted I would finish in my post last week!! I was happy with that! (I was 42nd last year and 95th 2 years ago [with a slower time], but I realized that this year the 10 Mile Championships Race was considered part of this race, so lots of other speedy, speedy people were tallied in the same race as me.)
Cliff was just about 30 seconds behind me! I lost track of him at mile 7, and I figured that I passed him at an aid station. He said he tried to stay with me for a mile, but then he fell off the pace. We chatted a bit in the finisher's area, and lots of other friends found me to say "hi" too! FUN TIMES!
I started to cool-down a bit, and I heard someone shout my name. It was speedster and Runner's World cover model Michelle Frey. She was cooling down with 2 other ladies, and they had all just done the 10 mile in 56:00 or FASTER! One of the women was THEE Meghan Peyton (Armstrong) who had just finished 6th in the 10 Mile in 55:09 and has a 15:41 5K PR! I talked with them for a bit and then warmed-down a mile with them:
Michelle was next to me, and that's Meghan to the right
We all headed back to Pharmie's and my place, and I grilled for everyone:
Brats, sliders, and turkey burgers!
I MAY have been grilling outside in front of all of my neighbors
in my "bowl full of sunshine" shorty-shorts...
This is actually part of a VIDEO that I hope to have edited shortly....