i arrived at the race start location at 7:30 a.m. i registered for the race, found a restroom, did a one mile warm-up and some stretching, lined up in the first row of the starters, and sized up the other runners a little. at 8 a.m. we heard the "ready, set, go!"
200 meters into this race and i was slapped in the face with a: "why in the world did you decide to do this?!" i figured this was just my system in shock from shifting into effort mode and once i found a rhythm i would enjoy six point 2 miles of up-tempo running.
mile 1: 6:26
during the second mile i found myself sliding into about a 6:50 pace. this was where i wanted to be for the day. i wanted to stay sub-7.
at the 5k turn-around cone, i was shocked at how many of the runners i was running near made the turn. i had one runner in front of me. he appeared to be in an older age group than me, and he also appeared to be running very strong. i was thinking it might be possible to reel him in later. as i looked up the trail i thought it was possible that two other runners were way up there, but it was hard to tell.
mile 2: 6:45
during the third mile i knew i was slowing another notch, but i was still hopeful of staying close to 7 and having some in the tank for the last mile.
due to this being an out-and-back course, as i was approaching the turn around, i was able to take note that i was in 4th place. the three ahead of me all looked to be running strong and it appeared that i was not going to be catching them during the final 5k. just prior to the turn around i hit a gel. i was intending to wash it down at the turn around aid station, but i was disappointed to discover that the information given to us at the start was inaccurate, i.e., no water at the turn around.
mile 3: 6:59
when i turned around, i had a chance to see if anyone was hunting me down. the next runner behind me was the first female and she was running strong.
the fourth mile was a hold-on mile. i knew i was sliding, but i didn't want to slide much. i believe somewhere during this mile the first female runner passed me.
mile 4: 7:00
the fifth mile was another holding-on mile. i was looking forward to some water at the 5k turn around location. i was thinking that once i got to that aid station, i would be able to pick it back up a little.
i did finally get my water and i put some on my head for an extra little pick-me-up.
mile 5: 7:07
during the sixth mile, i could smell the finish and i was able to get the legs turning over a bit quicker again. i was feeling pretty pleased. i was able to calculate that my time was going to be a sub-7 average and given that sub-7 average was what i was hoping to accomplish out there, i was feeling pretty good.
mile 6: 6:51
i finished the last .2 charging strong.
"halloween hustle 10k": 42:16.7 (6:48 average) [official results: here]
i had fun visiting with some local runners after my run was over. it was nice to get some bonus schwag for the day in the form of a 2nd place medal for my age division. i had a good runner's high for the rest of the day. i think with fresh legs a 10k at 6:30 pace is not too unrealistic for the near future. no regrets for impulsively jumping into this race on one my favorite running trails, i.e., the "frisco highline trail".