Besides, I ran 10 miles last weekend. I should be able to do 9.3 miles ok. I knew that since it was a long run distance for me, I would need to conserve to make the entire distance.
The weather was, well, typical for Central Florida in early September. It was about 78 degrees at 80% humidity. By the end of the race it was over 80 degrees - with the humidity it was forecast to feel like 87. Not a great temperature for running. Now I know why I like getting up in the dark to run. On my own long runs, if I got home after 8 or 8:30 am, I was whipped. This was no different. The race started a little after 7 am. I finished officially in 1:52:27 (net) - that would put me at the finish around 9 am - and those last 2 miles were in the sun and HOT! I finished with an average pace of 12:04, which is pretty good considering the heat. My first mile was about 10:30 but lengthened to over 12 min/mile in the second half of the race. 12 min/mile is really my long distance pace, as it turns out, so I did ok.
Jim ran with me for the first 4 or 5 miles, but I go too slow for his long, running legs. I hate the fact that I train and train, and he runs every now and then, and he beats me! But I am happy that he is out there and feeling good. He had a really good race, coming in around 5 minutes ahead of me. After Jim sped on ahead of me, I tuned into one of my favorite podcasts, Phelipidations, where Steve Runner was talking on the topic of the Long Slow Run....just what I needed :-). it did take my mind off the race for a good 40 minutes. Then I put some 155 bpm music and tried to cruise the last 2 or 3 miles. Sounds good anyway!
So now I am home, blogging with an ice pack under my heel. I am hoping that the heal pain will diminish as my body adjusts to the new lift in my left shoe. If not, I will need to find another solution. I am getting to a critical point in my training and can't afford to lose time off for heel pain! :-)
So a good race - another one under my belt! Now a few weeks of focused training until the next 5K.