Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Thursday November 22nd, 2018 was the 34th Annual Deland Thanksgiving 10 miler and 5k Road Race. This is the 'turkey trot' for our local race scene. I decided to run the 10 miler this year as a training run at my "long run pace" which is around 7:18-8:50 or so. I just wanted a fun race with no added pressure of achieving a certain time or goal pace. Ever since I ran the Tomoka Half Marathon back in March, I've been wanting to race longer distances just for fun. In fact, I have quite a few lined up for the next coming months.
We started at 7:30 am with the 5k runners right after us. My first three miles were closer to 7:20 and felt so great. I love easy running which is why I enjoy my training plan of high mileage with lots of easy days.
I picked up the pace after the first few miles or so to around 7:15ish. The course goes out and back on this rural, Deland road (not familiar with the area or road names). Let's take a moment to talk about just how beautiful this part of Deland is. It's rural but in the most captivating way. The last three miles I felt pretty decent so I picked up the pace to closer to 7:05. At the finish I felt awesome and ready for more.
I really enjoying incorporating races into my schedule at my long run pace. It takes the pressure off and it's just a great way to enjoy running. My next race is a trail run half marathon so that will be a fun challenge.
2nd in Age Group 30-34 Women
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