I've never ran a 10K for speed before, so no matter what time I run, it'll be a PR! And at this point, I have a particular goal in mind ... but I'll share it with you after the race so as not to "JINX-IT"!!! (Or errr, so I won't have egg on my face if I don't meet it!)
In the 2010 Kansas City Half-Marathon, which is a fairly similar course, I ran miles 5-10 with the following splits:
6:19, 6:34, 6:39, 6:50, 6:11, 6:20 ... average pace of 6:28/mileSo I think I should be able to run a 10K a little faster than that ... right? At least that's sort of the plan, but we'll see. But the problem is - I'm not really sure how to approach a 10K. I mean a 5K is basically a controlled sprint ... at least for me. I hate 5K's!!! It's cool going fast and all, but my heart feels like it's gonna pound through my shirt, and my legs go numb. So I would welcome any 10K advice from some of you veterans! (Not military vets, although they are welcome to comment too! In fact, yes ... only military vets! Wait, that really limits the field ... okay, veterans of 10K races ... and anyone else.)
Plus, it seems at times that I have trouble getting properly warmed up for 5K's, and I'm sorta expecting the same thing for the 10K. As I get older, it seems like my stiff body takes a while to heat up. If they would let me run 10 miles and then take my best 6.2 I would probably have a faster time. I think I'll run it by the race committee and see if I can work that out. Probably not!
...be great today!