However, we both arrived on Saturdays start line having never run the distance this year, and in conditions more like January. My only objective was to not be slower than what I remembered my slowest race 10k had been, 62-minutes in 2001. The course uses exactly the same first 1.5 mile out and back as the 5k series, I've run that a couple of times while Kate was racing, and is all offroad, although a lot of it on concrete path. My 5k training runs were 30:43, and 30:35 and so a long way from my best.
I hit the turn around slightly ahead of my 5k training run turnaround times, which was optimistic, and was delighted I managed to run/jog the whole 10k. My Heart rate was 150bpm average, which despite the slow pace and altitude is pretty representative of my current fitness. I finished in race recorded time of1:07:13.5. That time got me 3rd place in the 50-59 category, if I'd have been racing in triathlon based, end of year age, groups, I'd also have been 3rd. In the picture below, you can see #325 of passed me for 2nd place. D'oh.
Initially I was disappointed with my time, if not my finish place, but when I checked athlinks later and found that at the 2007 IBM Uptown 10k I ran 1:09:05. I wonder what a 10-year younger me would think of being beaten? I have a lot to do though if I want to step up from Sprint distance triathlons again this year.
Overall an excellent race, well run, instant results online, and free photos taken at the turnaround and finish line. A free pint glass to all finishers. See below for two of my pictures. I may do some of the 5k summer series races.
Official Race Results for the 10k
Garmin Connect Data for the race