I completed the Run Like The Wind 10k yesterday as part of my training for the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon. I ran the 10k in a time of 56 minutes 57 seconds. I was absolutely thrilled with the time because it was under my goal of 1 hour. Based on this time, if I can hold it together, I should be able to make my goal of 5 hours for the Marathon.
This race was fun because I took place on Hines Drive starting in Westland MI. On Saturdays during the Summer, Hines Drive is closed to motorized traffic to give the runners, cyclists, and rollerbladers the entire road. The road closes at 9:00 am so the race was scheduled to start at 9:30, which was nice to not have to get up an extremely early time. At 9:30 we were off, I had seeded myself towards the back because I knew I wouldn’t be fighting it out for first. I settled into what felt like a comfortable pace. The plan was to run at about 10 minute per mile pace until the turnaround point and then pick it up. The first mile marker came up and I had 9:08 on my watch, oops. Can’t make that mistake in the Marathon. I then forced myself to ease back and I managed to get my pace back to 9:40 for the next 2 miles and had the turnaround point in sight. I made the turnaround and just let myself go to “comfortably hard” place which for me is right around the 9:10 pace. The hills on the course were subtle which let me focus on the pace. I had been following 2 guys pushing strollers most of the way. I finally caught an passed them with about 2 miles to go. This was the minor victory I needed to keep me going. There was only one runner ahead that I could see so I put my focus on catching and passing him. I caught him just before we had the finish line in sight. This is when I put on my final “kick”. A barely perceptible burst that no one but me really noticed and I crossed the finish line at 56:57.