Monday, February 1, 2016

My USA 10k race debut

With Dani, pre-race. She came in 3rd
for her age-group!
Until this past Sunday, I have never raced a 10k in the United States. My only prior experience with racing this distances was the Newton Aycliffe 10K in the UK (while on vacation in England). Yesterday's race also marked my first race in 8 months. My first race post-injury, post-physical therapy rehab, post-glute strengthening. 

Although I came in first for my age-group and 4th overall female, I did not race strong. I could have pushed myself; I quit too easily. It was a hard course with a continuous steep incline for the first 1 1/2 miles and another hill from 2 1/2 to about 4 miles. The kicker was a final steep hill to the finish. This last hill was "only" 1/2 mile, but it was tough. 

My official time for the race is 52:16 with an average pace of 8:26/mile. My "A" goal was to finish in less than 50 minutes. I definitely could have accomplished that with more racing practice. I need to work on my racing legs AND mind. I'm toying with the idea to race at least once a month for practice. I will still have goal races where I push my limits (CIM and OC 1/2 marathon). Do you all do that? Is it a good idea? I just know I need to work on my racing mojo.

2016 Goals Check-in:

  • Courage--I want it more than I fear it. Push, Wendy. You've got this. :)
  • Connect--Running with others at least once a week. Having fun with this! Group runs with friends, running groups and with the soccer parents/kids.
I don't officially start training until the end of this month so for now I am having some fun with my runs. 

January Miles: 119.4 miles



  1. Nice job on the Age Group win!! 10K is my favorite distance! Keep up the good work reaching your 2016 goals. :)

  2. Congrats on the AG win and 4th female placing - that is fantastic! Sounds like a super tough course with all the inclines - you did a great job pushing through!