As I said in my race report, this last weekend I ran the Bed-Stuy 10K full-out and pushed myself as hard as I could. Since I haven’t been doing speed-work, I didn’t have any specific goals other than seeing how hard I could go and how well I could monitor and sustain my effort. I’m not normally someone who chases PR’s or the clock, but I have been anxiously awaiting the official results; I felt great about my run and don’t NEED any stats to confirm that, but I was curious to know if I’d done as well as I thought.
Today the numbers were finally out, and I was very happy. My official time was 45:35, which seriously shattered my old 10K PR of 50:33, set way back at the Joe Kleinerman in ’07. I’m four years older, but 5 minutes faster!
Even better, I placed 53rd out of 351 runners, 45 out of 185 men, and 8th out of 30 in my age group (30-34). This was a MUCH smaller race than the Kleinerman (351 finishers as opposed to 4,844), but I relatively speaking I finished much higher. In ’07, I was near the top of the bottom 50%; this year, I was right at the edge of the top 25%.
Anyway, I’ve written a lot about running for joy and not worrying about the numbers or the results, and I firmly believe that. However, I must say that breaking some old records and kicking-ass at a race feels pretty good, too!