I was lucky enough to be chosen to pace did the event after Debs posted it on Facebook for anyone able to pace either 50 or 55 minutes to get in touch with the organisers. I did, and I’m doing it on Sunday. 🙂
I’ve not really run for around 3 weeks, letting my achillies swelling go down and the thought of getting up for 630 wasn’t too appealing especially as I’d only got 5 hours sleep. But I was ok once I got out the door.
I ran for two minutes trying to regulate my pace to about 8 minute miles, then changed one of the fields on my garmin to avg pace for the run. That seemed to help.
It was a little tricky not to go too fast at the start, but after a while I settled so my pace was just under 8 min mile pace. I kept it there for about 3-4 miles, then when it came to the hill in Pollok Park I slowed a little.
It was beautiful running through the park, the sun was streaming through the trees, the birds were singing. Just gorgeous. It made me very glad I got up out of bed and made me feel very fortunate I can do this.
I ended with a rather successful 49:45 for 10k covering most of the route.
I figure that most people who run the 10k at 50 minute pace might run positive splits, (faster over the first half, slower on the second half) especially with the hill in Pollok Park at 4-5 miles in, and horrible Dumbreck Road at the end, so if I’m a little faster at the start, and slower at the end that’ll maybe reflect the way most people run. It’ll also give anyone who overtakes me (running slightly slower) in the second half a good boost to overtake me.
It’ll allow people to aim for me if they want to beat 50 minutes! And if I’m slightly under 50 like I was today, I’ll slow towards the finish and encourage runners to over take me.
It takes a bit of skill (and a clever garmin for me) to stick to one pace and not get carried away, but I know I’m going to do it well and enjoy it. It’s my job to run at one pace and I’ll be pleased to do it to help others hopefully achieve their goal. 🙂
I’m really looking forward to it!
Here are my posts from the women’s 10k in previous years: