Finding a 10k has been a tough job. It seems like such a rare race around my town. In fact, the last time I ran a 10k was almost 4 years ago to the day.
Going back into the archives, I found that my first official 10k was when I was 20 years old. Thankfully, the records have been deleted from the interwebs so there is no evidence of that horrible race. It took place on July 29th, in the heat of the summer on a very hilly course. I was unprepared and under trained.
My second 10k was the following year when I was 21 and preparing for my final season of college basketball. Once again I ran a race on a very hilly course which had the finish on a sandy beach; worst decision ever - trying to sprint on sand was horrible. This race also marked the time when I ran 3 hard races in a course of two weeks. A 10k on June 24th, a 5 mile race on July 4th, and the Boilermaker 15k on July 8th. I don't know why I thought I could run those races back to back to back, but I did and it was tough. Currently, I believe my 10k PR is 48:16 from my 2007 race.
So the next question is...how do you race a 10k?
It is definitely not a race where you can run really fast because you know its going to be over soon - that's a 5k. And it is definitely not a race where you start off at a cruising pace and the painful part (normally) isn't until the final few miles - that's more like a 15k or half marathon.
Hopefully it fits in between those two types of races because basically 10k pace is supposed to be about tempo pace. And tempo pace is supposed to be the pace you can race at for about 50 to 60 minutes.
We will see how tomorrow goes. At least the weather forecast is calling for rain! Have a great weekend!