I am so psyched!!! I did the Scotland 10K today and I broke my own personal best by 1:05!!!
I was a bit trepidacous being that this was my first official race of the year. (And really it was my first long run since my schedule was pretty nuts.) I had some doubts as to how well I could do, and I figured I'll go slow and push if I felt like I had it. Grace and I met up at the bag check and jogged our way to the starting line. But once the race started, I fell into a nice groove. It was a bit chilly and I was glad to be wearing two base layers under the wind jacket.
As usuall Grace tried to keep my pace but she has a thing for hills and blasted off after the first mile. I chugged along and popped in my new ipod shuffle, (a motivation gift from Chris to start running again).
The course was one entire loop around Central Park, a loop that I knew well. We went clockwise, so Harlem Hill was downhill. After warming into my stride for the first two miles I felt really good and decided to pay attention to the tree tops and little else. The upbeat music I selected helped as well. At mile 3 downed a Gu, and that buoyed me all the way to mile 5 where I forced myself to go faster on the downhills and not slow down on the uphills.
At that point I told myself to go faster if I can and sped up until I rounded the last curve. The finish line coincidentally was placed where the NYM finish line was, so that helped. I had Paula Radcliffe on my mind as I hauled as fast as I could manage. When I saw the time at mile 6, I thought there would be a slight chance that I'd break my record so I left it all on the course and hauled butt to the finish.
Came home just now to see what my time was I am estatic! My new 10K PB is now 1:14:48. Man I am sooo happy! What a great first race of the year!