8:30 avg pace
I used this race as a pseudo-marathon paced run. I’ll explain the “pseudo” part later. I didn’t want to go all out with my marathon just 2 weeks away. This race is very odd but fun at the same time. The last time I ran it was 2009. Instead of boring you with a play-by-play of the race, I’ll just give you a few race highlights.
- There were about 100 people running the 20K. I swear. It’s the smallest race I’ve ever done. There’s no chip, no spectators, no pictures, and 2 water stops on the course. Hard core.
- The people that run this race are FAST. I have never seen people go out so fast at the start of longish race. I’m talking 5K pace. I wanted my overall pace to be 8:30 (hence the pseudo part…my marathon pace is around 8:40) so I succeeded in that respect but I went about it all wrong. I wanted to start out running 8:50 and then take it down from there; just like I’ve done on every training run and exactly what I plan on doing come marathon day. Riiiight. Since everyone took off like lightening, if I would have stuck to my 8:50 plan, I would have been at the back of the pack. It’s crazy. So my first mile was 8:23. Boo.
- My miles were pretty consistent after that but I much prefer starting out slow and picking it up during the last few miles.
- The best part of the race is the stadium finish. I LOVE a stadium finish! You get to run the last 1/4 mile around Franklin Field, where the Penn Relays take place. It’s incredible.
- I’ll probably know my official results in about a week, if I can find them online. Like I said, this is a super no frills race. I’m pretty sure it’ll be 1:46:10 since I was at the front when the whole “ready, set, go” went down.