Well, this was my 1st race since Detroit almost a year ago. It was meant to be a test for me to see how I've come along since that torn tendon. So, I had no intention of racing hard. I did well, however, and I felt great and did better than expected. My goal was to run an 8 minute/mile pace. I ended up with an average of 7:40 minute/mile and felt strong throughout. My splits were:
7:25, 7:43, 7:46, 7:40, 7:41, 7:37, 7:40 and 7:32
The day was comfortable (21 Celcius) but very humid. That made it a bit more challenging.
I started off too fast for sure, but mid-way through the 1st mile settled down to a fairly steady pace. Both my right AT and left PF were sore from the minute I woke up in the morning, and continued that way no matter how much I stretched. However, by mile 2 those pains were entirely gone.
It's a flat course, but where there was an uphill, I ran on my forefoot. The rest I ran with a regular heel strike. So, about 2 miles forefoot strike. That really helped, and so I can see how in my training, I'll have to use both types of foot strikes.
My groin was never an issue when running, but sure felt tight when I finished. I'll wait and see how it feels tomorrow.
The toughest part was sitting for almost 6 hours right after as I had to drive home for Mass tonight. Really stiffened up.
I ran my own race and it shows. At the end, I could have sprinted a bit faster, but chose to keep my pace and so I felt comfortable at the end. I'm really pleased with this result.
I finished 8th of 77 in my division and 73rd of 1302 runners overall. I will take it easy for a few days. Based on this experience, I'm thinking I'll run the 6.6 Sault race in 3 weeks and likely the 10km Collingwood race the weekend after IF no issues appear in the meantime.