It's true. I did it again. I'm kind of bad about this. I recently ran the Lederhosen Lauf here in Tulsa and made a typical rookie mistake. I started the race off too fast. At mile 2 of this 4 mile race, I was ready to stop. Not just stop for water. No, stop and walk and catch my breath and then start "racing" again. That's because I didn't listen to my game plan and I got caught up with the hustle and bustle of the race. My goal was to run the race in under 40 minutes. I told my running buddies that I planned on running close to a 10 minute mile. Well clearly that didn't happen... I ended up starting way too fast and found myself running in the low 9 minute mile range for the first mile and a half. Keep in mind that my endurance pace for my marathon training has been in the low 11 minute mile range and my typical race pace is in the 10:15 - 10:30 mile race pace. I was flying! Or running...or running so fast I felt like I was flying. Whatever. You know what I mean. So here is what I learned:
- It is good to set race goals.
- It is good to do a practice race before your big goal race.
- The west side of the river has a lot of gnats.
- Running into the wind is not as fun as running with the wind or running like the wind.
Race Goals: The Tulsa Run 10-27-12
- I placed 9th out of 21 in my age group. We won't say what group that is. :)
- I placed 43rd out of 137 in my gender.
- I finished the race under my goal time. 39:11 Gun Time 39:01 Chip Time
- Don't start out too fast and hate life at mile 2
- Look for the camera guy and look cute in a race photo. For once!
- Finish the 9.3 mile race in under 1 hour and 45 minutes.