I trained well, ate well, slept well, and performed… not as well as I’d hoped. But, I’m okay with it.
Around mile 5 I got a cramp in my side that would not go away. I was going for an 8:30 minute/mile pace but ended up chucking about 8 or so minutes out the window trying to walk off the cramp. On the bright side, my average pace was 9:11 so that’s not terrible for walking so much (albeit 18 seconds per mile slower than my half marathon)!
Here were my stats:
Clock time: 1:27:43
Chip time: 1:25:29
Overall place: 4,601 out of 11,047
Gender place: 1,079 out of 5,072
Age place: 100 out of 318
Could it have been better? Yes. Could it have been worse? Absolutely.
Avert your eyes if you’re easily grossed out…
I lost my finisher’s pin but have a nice blister to remember the race instead.
All in all, this race was fun but I miss New York Road Runners Central Park races!
After I got home and showered I headed to work. It was only a 3 hour shift which was very manageable and actually enjoyable! My hips and legs were a little sore but the customers, sales, co-workers, and choir folks (don’t even ask) made it fly by!
I can’t say I’m not happy to be relaxing at home now though!
Question: Have you ever ran a 15k? Have you ever ran unexpectedly poorly? Or unexpectedly well?