I've got a major blog post coming about Yasso 800s. One that is very personal, and which was written over the course of months. But I wanted to say a few things about the Army 10-Miler race I just ran, since it resulted in a PR for 10 miles. So here's a no-frills race report:
Good things about the race:
--Finishing time (PR!)
--Negative split (a pretty significant increase)
--Post-race brunch with friends from Twitter (including bottomless mimosas!)
Bad things about the race:
--I think all WalMarts on Black Friday have less people.
--I didn't see a lot of conspicuous mile markers, but I'm told they were there, off to the left. They could have stood to had them on both sides of the road. I was having to guess when to hit the lap button on my Garmin.
Navigating the crowd was awful, both pre-race, and during. To my delight, it seems I finished soon enough that I didn't experience the water stop issues some did, and likewise had an easy time getting the shuttle back to the Metro.
One thing: In roughly the last .4 of the race, some woman wearing a beige peacoat of some kind, carrying a Starbucks cup, tried to CROSS the race. As in, she was basically between two sets of barriers, but just decided to go for a little stroll between them. I was flying down the course (along with a few thousand faster people), came to a complete stop without hitting her, said, "Oh my GOD!" and had to re-accelerate after moving around her.
Final stats, or, the race by the numbers:
Final Time: 83 minutes and change.
First 6.2 miles: 53:23 (8:35 pace per mile)
Remaining 3.8 miles: 30:02 (7:54 pace per mile)
Fastest mile: Last one, 7:21 (7:15 if I had chosen to plow through Starbucks/Peacoat Woman)
Top 30% of all men.
Top 27% of my age group.
Top 20% of all finishers.