1:02:52 at an average pace of 10:07. What a disappointment. I had really hoped to get this thing done in under an hour. Not only had I really hoped for it, I genuinely assumed that it would be no problem whatsoever, proving yet again what happens when you ass-ume. (Groan). This is my second set of officially-timed results that are much slower than what I had hoped for. This lets me know a few things:
1. My Nike+iPod is worthless.
Now, if you know me, you know that it truly pains me to say this. I have loved that thing with a love I generally reserve for sweets and cocktails. I am smitten with the idea of your own digitized running coach coming over your personalized running mix to let you know “Halfway Point, only three more miles to go!” I am enamored with the idea of seeing my runs charted out over time. I am twiterpated just thinking of the annual report showing that I’ve run over 500 miles in a year.
What I don’t love though is thinking I can run a 10K with a pace in the 8:30s, telling everyone I know (and don’t know) that I can run a 10K with a pace in the 8:30s, and buying myself a treat for being so awesome as to have run a 10K with a pace in the 8:30s (ahem), only to then run an official 10K with a pace over 10:00. I tried to calibrate the thing. Yeah, it has a “calibration” mode for super totally accurate accuracy based on the length, rhythm, and speed of my unique running stride. Having suspected that I wasn’t the runner my Nike+ was making me out to be, I set out to calibrate the dang thing a few weeks ago. I took it to a track, I set it to calibrate 400m, then I ran once around said track. When I finished the lap, the iPod told me I’d successfully run 0.4 miles. Uh, what? I’m no mathematician, but even I know that’s not even close. The thing must think I’m Michael Johnson if it thinks I ran almost a half mile in 2:30. Of course, I think I’m Michael Johnson when I’m running, which is fine, but I need a device that’s a little more down to earth than that. Which brings me to my next realization . . . .
2. I must beg, borrow, and steal (or just wait for Christmas) to get the Garmin GPS measuring system.
I know I really can not justify buying this kind of equipment until I have a few more races under my belt, and until I know whether this kind of training is really going to be my new lifestyle or if it’s just my “Oh-crap-I’m-almost-30” crisis. But truly, I can’t go on living the Nike+ lie. I can’t keep finishing long runs thinking I’ve maintained a 9:00min pace that, in reality, I have likely never achieved. I want the truth! (Even if I can’t handle the truth.)
3. I am truly slow, but not without hope.
You may be wondering: “How has this person, who has been training since September, STILL racing slower than 10:00min/mile?!?” And if you figure it out, let me know. I know it’s been more than six months, and I’m telling you I really have been working hard. I don’t know why I still run slower than Pam Anderson in the Baywatch opening montage. It’s frustrating, to say the least.
BUT – I am not without improvement. My 10K split time in the Austin Half Marathon (less than one month ago) was 01:08:32. So my Cap10K time actually is more than 5min quicker, which is nice. I think I’d settled into a half-marathon pace that was going to be slower than a 10K pace no matter what. But still, I’m happily clinging to any shred of positivity to come out of this whole mess.