State Farm 10 mile
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|Tue, 04-03-2012 - 10:14pm|
One of my RPs and I ran the State Farm 10 mile on Saturday. Last year when I ran this race, it was in the mid-20's for the whole race, windy, and started snowing when we were at about mile 8. This year, it was mid-50's for the start of the race, then the sun came out and it was 77* at race end. Crazy. The bad part is that they did not add any water stops, which they should have. But besides that, it's a very well-run race.
The race starts at a State Farm office (hence the name! ;)) and then goes onto a crushed limestone path for most of the race. It's a complete out and back. It's a month before my *big* race for the Spring, so I didn't want to all-out race it. I probably should have tried to get a little closer to the front, because it was packed. So, my first mile was 9:17. We picked up for the next couple miles, but then just before mile 4, the fast racers started coming back from the turn around, so it got packed again until the turn around. But at least it was a bit faster, I believe those 2 miles were around 9 mpm.
About mile 6 or 6 1/2 my RP said that she needed to slow down. So I picked things up a bit and did pretty good until about mile 8, at which point I wanted to slow down. I slowed down a little, but kept at it. At mile 9, I decided to pick it up a bit. The thing I dislike about this race is the end is very deceiving. And even though I'd ran it before, it still bit me. The problem is the race ends by running around the State Farm building. But it's not 4 corners that you run around. And there was 1 more corner than I thought there was going to be. So I was giving it my all, expecting to round the corner and see the finish and I still had a few more tenths to go! Ugh! So, the last mile was 8:13, but I really didn't have much of a kick left at the end because I misjudged! Oh, well!
I finished in 1:28:50, which is about 1 1/2 minutes faster than last year. And the cool thing is, my Garmin was exactly the time of my chip time! ;)