The race started promptly at noon. Per normal, I started out too quickly. I was in fourth place for the first mile but the top three were pulling away. However, Terry soon passed me and he also started pulling away from me.
This is a hard 12k race. The first half is slightly up hill. I was hurting the entire out portion of the race. My legs were hurting. I could not wait for the turn around. Although the effort was still hard the race felt easier on the return. Mentally this race was hard on me. I ran the entire race solo – I was in no man’s land (and there was some wind in the way out). I did not have anyone to pace off. In addition, the races that were ahead of me were just too fast. I was not able to reel them in at all. I knew that there were two racers about 30 seconds behind me and that kept me going.
I was able to get a PR for the race by finishing the 12k in 49:19 (6:36 pace). Last year was 49:38 (6:39 pace). Of course I am pleased with a PR but I was really expecting more. I have a lot of trouble at these shorter races (7.45 miles). In comparison I was able to drop 2 minutes from my half marathon PR from last year (that is 9 seconds per mile). But this race I only dropped 19 seconds. A half marathon is only 9 more kilometers. I wanted to drop somewhere around 12 seconds not a messily 3 seconds. I finished 5th overall (6th last year) and 2nd in my age group (last year I got first). I was able to maintain my place through the race.
Smaller pinecone this year.
Still, I am pleased that the PR streak continues. I have another chance to test the waters next weekend at the First Light Half marathon in Mobile.