121 overall finisher
4/26 age group (25-29)
7:07 average pace
Distance: 12.52 mi
Avg Pace: 7:04 min/mi
Splits: 6:54, 6:58, 7:00, 6:59, 7:18, 7:14, 7:04, 7:10, 7:03, 7:11, 7:08, 6:58, 6:33
7:50 average pace
Team Results: 4th place open women
I was really nervous for the first race of the season. The night before we celebrated my future mother in law’s 60th birthday and didn’t get home until 12:30. Combine that with a 6:15am wake up call and losing an hour to daylight savings and the conditions were not ideal.
I got a few hours of sleep and woke up bright and early to get ready. By the time my dad picked me up, I was awake, but didn’t realize how cold it was. The forecast predicted temps in the 60s for the high but at 7am it was still in the 20s. We got to the race early and tried to keep warm .
The Miles for Music 20k was a new race, in its first year, and the distance was new for me. Not knowing what to expect, I set my sights on a 7 minute average pace, my half marathon goal pace. (HM PR Pace = 7:09) We warmed up and eventually it was time to start. The course was an out and back park path that we would complete 2 1/2 times. At first I was annoyed with all the turning around but it was kind of nice to be able to see the people in front and behind and cheer them on.
I started out right on pace for the first 4 miles- 6:54, 6:58, 7:00, 6:59 and then slowed down for the middle miles, as I always do- 7:18, 7:14, 7:04, 7:10, 7:03, 7:11, 7:08. By the end, I was able to pick it up again to finish strong- 6:58, 6:33. I am thrilled with the results, especially considering my lack of sleep. I beat my previous 15k and 10 mile PRs, which obviously doesn’t count for those distances but at least I know I can do better!
After the race, I grabbed some water and a pretzel and went back to watch my dad finish. He finished strong, with an average pace of 7:50, right around where he wanted to be.
*What is the strangest race distance you have ever run?