Sunday I’m running my last race of the year, the Veterans Day 10k race in DC. This will be my 11th race this year, but the first 10k. I haven’t run a 10k since September of last year when I got a PR of 1:09:44 (or 11:15 pace).
The only reason I signed up for this 10k is that I knew for sure that I could PR! I was able to finish the Army Ten Miler at a 10:07 pace after all, so I should be able to finish the 10k in less than an hour, no?
Well, not so fast…
After the marathon, I ran 5.5 miles last Saturday. It was HARD. No seriously. HARD. I was out of breath, tired, and, to make matters more humiliating, I was barely keeping a pace below 12 minute/miles, I even had to walk a bit. I FINISHED A MARATHON FASTER THAN THAT! And I couldn’t run 5 miles at that pace?
I decided to really push it for my run on Wednesday, but luck would have it I woke up that morning with a sore throat (which thankfully went away) and a slight fever (which has gone down, but not gone completely yet), so I didn’t run at all this week.
Tomorrow, I slashed my plan on running 10 miles and figured a 60 minute run instead would suit me better (I’m still a bit sick, after all). On Sunday? I’m just hoping to survive.
One thing I know for sure: despite the flat course, this will not be pretty. STUPID, STUPID FLU. I can’t even end the year with a bang!