Today I ran as a superhero at the Hero 10K and Half Marathon (I did the 10K). I won the entry from Valerie at The Style Files and was excited to see what my speed and endurance would be like now that I’m two months out from Ironman Louisville. So we bundled up this morning and headed the hour out of Chicago to go to the Indiana Dunes State Park.
I loved the lakefront beach setting for the start and finish to the race. Reminds me of an actual beach (don’t get me wrong, I like that Chicago has beaches, but there’s something to be said for not having the city so close by!). It was chilly, but I warmed up well while running and ended up taking off my arm warmers for the last two miles! I wasn’t sure how fast I’d be able to go, as I’m still getting back to a regular running habit post-IM and re-gaining the speed I lost from training for distance for so long (taking time off from running afterward probably didn’t help much either…).
It was a beautiful run, and I’m happy to report that I ran this race pretty well! I ran by feel for almost the first mile, and saw myself clock a 10:30 for that mile. I then used that to try and chip slowly away to get faster with each mile. And I did pretty well with that!
- Mile 1 – 10:55
- Mile 2 – 12:15 (inc. an emergency bathroom break)
- Mile 3 – 10:03
- Mile 4 – 10:04
- Mile 5 – 9:59
- Mile 6 – 9:32
The race was a bit short – I clocked 5.99 miles total, but I’m ok with that. I’m happy to see that I executed this race well, and that I’m getting faster!
Post race, I treated myself to two cookies, a bottle of water & a run in the photo booth!
FINAL TIME: 1:02:19
AVERAGE PACE: 10:24 (for 5.99 miles, Garmin)
NEXT RACE: Perfect 10 (10-miler), November 8