This race took place near Pohick Bay. We ran down and up a big hill to start, and then continued along a bike path through the woods, down to the water, and then back through the woods. This was a smaller race. There were only 15 people running the 10-miler! (There was also a 5k).
For the first half of the race I was keeping up with two other ladies, one who was doing similar run intervals to me. We were keeping exactly an 11-minute mile pace. But, once we got down to the water (and I stopped to take a picture), I couldn't keep up. Too tired! I might have been too ambitious with my intervals (run2/walk30) and my pace. I bet I was still a little bit tired from the day before. So I dragged behind a bit and could never catch up to her.
Miles 5-8 was run by myself. Over the river and through the woods. I was mentally exhausted and was having a hard time keeping up any speed. One lady finally caught up to me and we had a little chat for a while before the very end of the race. It really does make a difference when you have people running around you during a race. Motivation really does help!
I ended up finishing at 1:56:01, which gave me a Personal Record from my Moose on the Loose 10-Miler last year! I beat my time by 1:21. I was 2nd to last to finish, and I made 2nd in my age group (out of 2, lol).
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