53:25. It's not an official 10K PR. I didn't sign up for a race, nor did I start the run aiming to race it. It just sort of evolved into that. Let me explain.
Neither I nor my running partner felt like waking up at 5 am to run in the freezing cold. We decided to swap kids and run a little later in the day. Perfect!
Mile 1, 9:20-
I dropped my babies off at Em's house and started my run. I did my first mile at an easy 9:20. I had decided to run the middle miles at a comfortably hard pace, so I moved my arms a little faster and my legs seemed to follow.
Miles 2-5 8:32, 8:22, 8:29, 8:42 (I had to stop at a light)--
My legs just started to go. It felt hard. Not exactly a race pace, but definitely not easy either. I told myself I could ease up at mile 5 and bring it home easy. But then I changed my mind. I haven't ever raced a 10k. My normal runs settle somewhere around 5 or 8 miles, or are super long. My watch chooses my records from those miles. So they aren't exactly my fastest miles, and my previous garmin PR was around 59 minutes--taken from an 8 miler I believe. If I kept moving, I could really see what I could do.
Mile 6 and .2, 8:19, and 1:40 (7:35 pace)--
I'll admit, mile 6 was not easy. I wanted to slow down, but I also knew I only had eight more minutes of running to go. I could do it. I knew I could. I kept my arms going and brought it home. I wanted to jump for joy when I saw the 53:25 final time.
I can go faster. I can see lots of room for improvement. I always have a hard time two miles before the finish of a run. I mean, I'm not almost there. I'm just closer to the finish than I was in the beginning. I need to change my thought process when I get to that point. It will serve me well in the long run. Running is a mental game as much as it is physical, if not more so.
Overall, I'm happy to get my running legs back. Since Christmas my times have been steadily falling and I am so happy about that. I don't want to push it to hard during these taper weeks, but after this marathon I can't wait to hit the track and start some hill work and see what these legs and lungs really can do.