As I mentioned earlier, I am running a 12K race this weekend. Several of you commented on what a weird length that is. I didn’t realize how weird it will be for me until I started looking at my running log to figure out my goal pace.
12K is just under 7.5 miles. The only time I’ve run greater than 6 miles is as part of a long, slow run. I’ve only run a race longer than 6 miles three times – one 10 miler (9:30 pace), one half maraton (10:20something pace) and one marathon (11:20something pace). My 10K race pace is about 8:53.
I think I can do it at a 9:00 minute pace, but it’s just long enough that I’m worried about not being able to hold the pace for that last mile or so. Normally I wouldn’t stress overly much, but last year, it was a small race with fairly fast runners. I don’t think I’ll be dead last, but I’ll definitely be bringing up the rear.