This week was a "step back" week in my training for Boston so this race was timed perfectly.
On Monday I ran 12.2 miles @ 9:06 pace - negative split run
Wed. - I ran some tough hills - uphills and downhills - tried to run both hard. 5 miles
Sat. - 8 miles total - ATR race - 48:54 ATR chip time - 49:11 official ATR time. (pr - 48:38)
25 miles for the week. 3 quality runs - Monday will be my last long run before my taper - 20-22 miles.
Heading to the race on Sat. I felt like I would run well. In fact, I really thought it may be a PR race for me. I did run well, and I am happy with my time, but I am just a wee bit disappointed in missing the pr.
Splits - 7:47, 7:38, 7:41, 7:49, 8:00, 7:56, 1:59 - last 2.2 got me!
This year they added a 5k to the ATR which was good, but the only bad part was they had the 10k and 5k races to merge in the later part of the 10k race. So in the last part of the race, the 5k walkers and slow runners merge with the faster 10k runners so it forced you to do some "bobbing and weaving" in the last part of the race - urgh! I HATE bobbing and weaving at the beginning, in the first half mile, but at the end of a 10k - it was too much - legs really don't want to bob and weave. Also, with the bob and weave you end up running extra mileage. I didn't do too bad, my Garmin ended at 6.25, but even that, is time wasted. After the race I was able to find a few friends and everyone that I spoke with had issues with the 5k/10K merge. Eric - had a pr race anyway - go Eric, Phillip mentioned he ran 6.3 because of the bob and weave, Karen ran a good race, Robbie had a good race but had to run around strollers, walkers, etc. Kent ran the 5k and had a good race. Missed Terri at the race, but her text indicated she ran well, had fun, but "the merge" - urgh!
Go Pine Belt Pacers!
In considering everything, I am happy with my time on Sat. The last 2 weekends of racing have proved to me that I am near my best running, and I am hoping to run a good race at Boston. I had been worried about not running well at Boston because of the hip issues and getting into my training late, and not being able to train really hard (no speed work, no hill work until the last 2 weeks), but now I feel like I can run well at Boston and I am so excited about that. Do I expect a PR at Boston - NO - I believe the course will be too tough, and I am ok with that - for me - a PR is not what Boston will be about -
Boston will be about running well and having some fun.