A couple of weeks ago, I won a race entry from a local race company (Pacers Events) with this Instagram photo.
The win netted me entry into either the St.Pat’s races or the Four Courts Four Miler. Since Beer Geek and I were already running the Four Miler, I chose the St. Pat’s 10K.
(And then I convinced Beer Geek and a friend that they needed to run it too.) Since I’ve been training to run the GW Parkway Classic 10 miler at a sub 10 pace, I decided that would be my goal for the 10K.
Sunday morning dawned cold and clear. 22* cold to be exact. After a winter without a winter, this was a bit of a shock to the system. I had planned to wear my Ragnar Ambassador 1/4 zip, but it was not very warm, so I had to get creative. Luckily, I requested a large accidentally, which meant I had plenty of room for extra layers. (Apparently I also wanted to sleep through the race.)
I ended up wearing a tank top, a fleece, and arm warmers under it. For the bottom half, I wore my new Sidewinder Happy Girl (affiliate link) with tights, knee length Features wool socks, and my brand new Altra Escalante (affiliate link)(I’m in love and I’ll be reviewing them soon).
We drove into the city (not something I do often) and parked at the Reagan Building, which was easy peasy thanks to Parking Panda. The guards at the building were kind enough to let us stay warm inside and use a real bathroom before we headed to the race. Finally, it was time to go line up. I decided at the last minute to take off my arm warmers because it didn’t feel that cold. I put them inside my skirt waistband, where they stayed comfortably the whole time LOL. Then we were off!
I had a goal of 1)maintaining a sub 10 minute pace and 2) finishing in an hour. I planned to tempo the first five miles and then leave it all on the course in mile 6. The St. Pat’s 10K course is flat and scenic and sun plus no wind actually made for perfect temps. Despite a super tight calf, I managed to hit my goal pace with no problem. In fact, I ended up with a near perfect progression run:
9:40, 9:36, 9:27, 9:18, 9:14, 8:59 for a 58:49 finish. I seriously could not have done that intentionally! Average pace: 9:29.
All in all, it was a great race and a great training run. I now have 6 weeks until my first half marathon of the season and 7 weeks until my goal 10 miler. Time to keep up the tempo runs and boost the length of my long runs! And those planks I’ve been doing?
That would be why there was room in my skirt waistband for my arm warmers. Let’s just hope I haven’t slimmed my waist so much my skirts all start falling down!