This weekend I ran the Lake Union 10k and did something I haven’t done in a while: I got a PW (personal worse). While I knew this was a strong possibility going into the race, getting a PW is always a blow to the ego.
I told Dad my time (53:51), and he responded, “Well, that isn’t much faster than goal marathon pace.”
Thanks, Dad. In rare cases like this, I prefer talking about running with John, because he is pretty much oblivious to my goal paces and just nods his head in agreement.
There are a few reasons I got a 30-second PW:
1. I started the race a couple of minutes late. This caused me to spend the first mile darting through slower runners, speeding up to 8 minutes mile pace and then getting stuck behind someone going 9 minute mile pace, then speeding up, slowing down, weaving through runners, etc. While I wouldn’t have PR’d even if I had started on time, I think I could have saved some time and possibly avoided the dreaded PW.
2. I’m not speedy right now. My endurance is great, but my speed sucks. I already knew this, but I’ve been happily living in lack-of-speed denial land for the last few weeks. This race was a big mirror pointing out that I need to focus on my speed and tempo runs, and improving my overall fitness.
3. My motivation is pretty low. I can blame it on the heat. I can blame it on a busy schedule. I can blame it on whatever I want, but it doesn’t matter what my excuse is. It’s time to get my attitude in check and work hard for the remainder of training. If I don’t, Portland is going to be a slow 26.2 mile death march.
This race, while definitely a disappointment in terms of my time, has lit a much needed fire under my butt. I need to work hard and smart for the remainder of training if I want any hope of having a good run on October 7. Thankfully I have a good base for endurance, but my focus is speed, speed and more SPEED!