I don’t think I’ve ever been so disappointed in a race where I actually hit a personal record. This race was only 40 seconds than my 10 mile PR 2 years ago.
In the meantime, my 10 km race time has went from 46:26 to 43:01 [3:25], and my 5k time has went from 21:54 to 20:36 [1:28].
I completely expected more, based on a treadmill workout of 20 miles with 15 miles at 7’30” pace, but that was over three months ago at this point.
I think I’ve just not been willing or able to put in the miles or the speedwork necessary to push my pace any further than it has gone.
Another factor: No sleep. 2 out of 3 nights I didn’t get more than 2 hours of sleep in any one stretch. You know you’re not in good racing condition when you’re ready to throw up before the race even starts.
The wind was a little bit of a challenge in this race, especially coming out of Iroquois Park, where the trash boxes were getting blown onto the race course, making the race a virtual steeplechase for some runners. I recall yelling “look out!” to some runners who were about to get blindsided or tripped up by those boxes.
The rain managed to hold off for me until I was just about to turn into the stadium for the finish–then it unleashed.
However, my minimum goal was to break 75 minutes, and I managed to beat that–even the clock time showed 1:14:59 as I crossed.
I’ll have to take it.
3 weeks until the marathon.
Time 1:14:40 (7’28” pace)
Half split: 37:19
Overall Place: 347 / 6925
Gender Place: 298 / 3213
Division (30-34 male) Place: 45 / 482