I just raced one of the best races of my life this Sunday. And I didn’t even train for it.
The race was the Prospect Park 10 miler, three loops of Prospect Park you could either do as a relay or alone. I did it alone. My realistic goal was to break 1:15; my ideal goal was to break 1:10. I honestly did not think I could run sub-7 for 10 miles without training, so I just decided to give it my best, whatever the result.
The strategy worked well- I finished in 1:09 exactly.
I started too fast, as usual, with my first mile in under 6:30. By the second loop the hills and the wind started to hit me, and I slowed down considerably. By the third loop of the park I realized I could realistically break 1:10 and adrenaline pushed me to the finish (and a girl I really didn’t want to let sprint past me at the end).
It was a hard race, but rewarding. I had a great feeling of satisfaction that is still lingering- the feeling that I did something the absolute best that I could (untrained, that is). And, as an added bonus, I came in first in my age group.