For the past couple years, I’ve run the Annapolis Running Classic. It’s a fun mid-fall race that offers a 10k and a half marathon. Last year, I ran the half marathon as my 20th race of the year and the last race in a string of big races (I ran Wineglass and Marine Corps Marathons in October, plus the Army Ten Miler PLUS the Richmond Half Marathon in the six weeks leading up to Annapolis. I know. It was nuts). This year, I was lucky enough to serve as a race ambassador and decided I’d do the (significantly less hilly) 10k rather than the half. You didn’t read about any race goals before the race because I really didn’t have any. I felt like a PR (my prior PR was 56:37) would be running a bit faster than I wanted to and decided to just kind of stay in the low 9s throughout the race. It turns out I haven’t lost all my fitness gains from training for Chicago, and busted out a PR!
The Annapolis Running Classic dawned on a cool morning – perfect for running. I met up with some of my Oiselle teammates for a pic before the race and quickly grabbed my bib. As I headed to the start, I saw my buddy Mar and we hopped into the corral to get ready to run. The race started promptly at 7, and then we were off!
Miles 1-3.1 (8:29/8:21/8:21)
Shortly after starting, I saw Colleen and Kara and caught up to them. They were both running the half and we had fun catching up and chatting. I wasn’t paying attention to my watch but when I asked Colleen and Kara about their goals and they said they were shooting for a 1:50ish race, I knew we were running along at a good pace. Once I hit the mile 3 marker, I realized I could have a pretty solid PR if I just kept pace. That’s how my “just for fun” 10k turned into a PR, haha.
Miles 3.1-6.2 (8:21/8:23/8:18)
The course is quite scenic and flat and even with a few turns, it’s easy to settle into a solid pace. I felt pretty good all throughout. At mile 4.5, I started to think, “huh, this is hard.” But at that point I knew I could hold on and just keep doing what I was doing. And it worked out!
My official time was 52:51 and I think the course was a bit long since it wasn’t marked completely clearly at parts – that’s the only way I can explain the fact that my official average pace was 8:31 and all my miles on my Garmin were quicker than 8:30. I also am sure I didn’t run the tangents. But either way, this was really fun and I’m proud that with this race, I’ve now set a personal record in the 5k, 10k, 10 miler, 1/2 marathon and full marathon in 2016. That was definitely not my goal, but it’s pretty neat. I’ve worked really hard this year in terms of running and it’s fun to see it pay off.
What’s next for you? I’m running the Rehoboth Half Marathon in two weeks and can’t wait!