The Shamrock Shuffle is over. This was my first 10k, and I was pretty satisfied with my performance. I finished in 1:20:07 (slower than my training record of 1:07:52) with a 38:56 split (slower than my previous 5k of 36:59 and training record 33:44). But this course goes up UW Madison’s observatory hill, which is as steep as all get out. I was 784/794 total, and 367/368 of men. The fastest men finished in 34-35 minutes- less than half my time. Crazy.
I thought I was doing pretty well; I ran the first half at a pretty consistent pace, but people were passing me the whole way. Especially disheartening were those pushing strollers and double-strollers. The course is a there-and-back affair; I ran the first half without walking and most of the second. I’ve not been in a good training groove, and I could stand to lose about 20 pounds.
Of course, I was wearing my Vibram FiveFingers. Spring is coming, but the lake was still mostly frozen over, so it was pretty cold- probably in the 40s. Glad I had my Nike Fit Dry pants and jacket. I had the Nike+ and iPod on me, but I forgot to turn it on until mile 3, and it lost the workout anyways (thank goodness for nikeplusedit.com!)