Today Saturday, March 6th, 2010 was a beautiful day for a virtual race. (See Razz’s blog for details.) Here in Boynton Beach, FL the tempurature at 9:43 AM was a balmy 57 degrees as the sun was shining brightly in clear blue skies for as far as the eye could see. As the runner (me, Adam Culp) lined up at the starting line there was a slight 15 mph wind coming from the WNW. The course is a very simple square around the neighborhood:
As the start button on the timer is pressed the race began without fanfare or cheering crowds. With all of the excitement I started out a little faster than I intended, and was forced to recalculate after the first mile. I was running much better than I thought I could, and quickly realized I felt pretty damn good, so continued at the same neck-breaking pace. (Well, it was fast for me since my previous marathon pace was 8:45. Or was supposed to be.)
As I continued to run I realized that this pace was my goal marathon pace for next July, so this was a good test run so I could feel what it was like. (And painfully highlight the training I need to maintain it.) As I passed 3 miles I was getting tired, but at the same time exhilarated as my strength seemed to come from deep inside. This used to be my 5K race pace a year ago, and I could visualize myself keeping it up for double that distance. WHOOOAAAAH!
Approaching mile 5 I was starting to have doubts I could maintain the speed. After all it was only 3 weeks since my last 50 mile ultra, and 5 weeks since my last marathon in Miami. Who do I think I am to be able to maintain this speed so soon? But I kept driving forward and was thankful that while I was getting tired, there were no pains. I realized that I could make it if I kept pushing.
As I came up on 6 miles I realized that I needed my “secret word“. I was out of juice and with only .66 miles left to go I could not give up now. “Endurance…endurance…endurance”, I chanted with each breath and I felt the adrenaline rush associated with the word. Mentally my mind pushed my body the little bit further to finish strongly. I now have a new PR of 52:04 for the 6.66 mile distance. (Yeah, I know. It is my first time racing that distance, but that is what makes it a PR.)
TOTAL RACE RESULT: 6.66 miles with a final time of 52:04 at 7:49/mi pace, Avg HR 167, kCal 919.
mile 1 = 7:45
mile 2 = 7:54
mile 3 = 7:55
mile 4 = 7:59
mile 5 = 7:52
mile 6 = 7:39
mile .66 = 4:56