My second race of the year was another local race, the Davis Lucky Run. Last year I did the half marathon but they did not offer it this year so I went with the 10 miler which was the longest distance they offered. There was also a 7K and 7 miler which is great for those that want to run something shorter. My plan was to follow Coach Dawn's paces for the race, which I tried for the most part, but I felt pretty darn good and went faster than I probably should have, especially in the last few miles.
Here's the shirt we got. I like how it says "Got Lucky!" on the back.
Coach Dawn's race plan had me going @ 8:55-9:10 pace for the first 4 miles. Then for the last 6 miles @ 8:40-50. It was a great morning for a run and was about 50 degrees at the start. We started right on time and were off and running at 8:10am. I usually tend to go out too fast but knowing the pace I needed to hit helped, and I slowed myself down. My first mile came in at 8:46/mi pace.
Mile 2 - 8:48/mi
Mile 3 - 8:48/mi
Mile 4 -8:43
Mile 6 - 8:30/mi
Mile 7 - 8:32/mi
Mile 9 - 8:36/mi
Mile 10 - 8:28/mi
My Garmin has me going a little longer .08 at 7:08/mi. I finished strong and was happy to cross that finish!
I clearly didn't stick to Coach's plan with hitting faster paces. Oops. I really couldn't help it. It was so hard to do at this race. When I checked the results, I did somehow manage 1st place in my age group. Now that was a first! I was pretty happy about that. :)
There was a good spread of bagels, bars, water, corn crisps, etc. at the finish area for runners.
Here's the medal along with my age group award medal. :)
Overall, it was another great race put on by A Change of Pace Foundation. These local races are awesome. I love that they are put on well and that they are smaller in size. Small enough that I actually have a chance to place in my AG. :) Hehe, we'll see how long that lasts. I was very happy with how the race went. Next time though I'll listen to Coach, especially since I found out running fast early can make you peak earlier than you want. Here's hoping I didn't ruin my chances for a PR at the American River Parkway Half in April.