This morning I raced the Snowman Stamped 10 miler. As with every race, there are always helpful take-aways. For me, the lesson of the day involves pacing. Going into the race I felt I could run close to or just under 56′ based upon current training and a key session I did two weeks ago with 3×2 miles. My plan was to go out comfortably at 5:40/mile for the first three miles, build the next four and then push the final 5k. One mistake was forgetting my watch at home to keep me true to this plan. I typically only wear a watch when IM racing for the pacing aspect, but wanted to really stay true to my race plan for today. No biggie as I have a pretty good sense of perceived exertion. Through mile 1 I was sitting 5th wheel and felt quite comfortable with controlled breathing. Not having a watch though, I’d say the pace was a little too hot than my plan running around 5:30-5:35/mile. By mile 4 I had moved into 3rd place and was working hard to stay on the gas while maintaining form. Over the final 5k it appeared I was starting to close the gap on 2nd place, but just didn’t have the leg speed to get it done finishing 3rd in 56:43 (5:41/mile). While I didn’t completely unravel and was able to put time on the guys behind me, the lack of discipline in the opening miles was likely enough to prevent me from attacking the middle miles of the race as planned and ultimately lose reach of my goal. After 15 years of racing, I am still learning and will continue to do so.
Detailed race results can be found here to give you an idea of the time gaps.
Train smart, race smarter…