Before I begin, special thanks to Run to the Finish for organizing this, and to Running Laur for the great race bib inspired banner.
I had to run my race on the indoor track since it was -22C with the windshield on Thursday. My original prediction for the race result was 1 hour 5 minutes. It was a bit of a conservative estimate, but I also knew with all of the miles I was pumping out with my current training plan that I may be a tad slower. In the back of my head I felt that a sub 60 min finish would be a bit of a stretch.
After a one mile warm up, I stretched and then started my watch. I came bounding out of the gate at a 4:45min/km (7:38mil/min) pace, but quickly slowed to about a 5:05 min/km pace (8:10 min/mi) pace.
I thought for sure I would slow down within a few miles, but somehow the pace felt easy, so I kept going. At 8K(5 miles), I was just over 41 minutes (about 2.5 minutes faster than my 8K fun run two weeks ago). I guess these tempo runs are starting to pay off!
I finished the 7 miles (11.2 K) in 57 minutes, 10 seconds - 5:04 min/km (8:10mil/min) pace.
I was sooo excited, not only because I beat my predicted time by nearly 8 minutes, but because it really felt effortless, and I felt could have kept going for at least 10K at this pace.
Since I could hardly believe the time myself, I took a picture of my Garmin, because as Vava says, Garmin don't lie.
(Note: When I was running I stopped my watch as soon as it said 11.2km (7 miles), when I turned it on later to snap a picture it said 11.16K - I guess it rounds up when it is operating, so I added 3 seconds to account for the 0.04km (4 meter) difference)
I had so much fun running this virtual race so again thanks to Run to the Finish for organizing this great event!
In other news, in case you haven't heard, there is a "Freakishly Flexible 5K"that marathon mama is organizing for Feb 14th in honour of Non-Runner Nancy who can no longer run! :(
Go over to her blog to join up and show some support to Nancy!
Good luck all you virtual runners, can't wait to read the race reports!