Finally overcame goal time.
by Gilbert Keith
I ran the Twin Cities 10 Miler today.
My friend Stephen was actually registered, but he’d signed up for the Marathon, too. I ran the 10 M in his stead.
I finished in 1:25:55. Since I didn’t actually have a chip (they’d DQ Stephen if I did that) I calculated it by netting from the gun finish time minus the start time of someone around me. 1:25:55 amounts to a round 8:35 per mile. I’m pretty happy. My goal was 9:00 pace, i.e. 1:30:00 total.
This is where I would have stood with the 1:25:55 finish. Compared to others, I’d have finished at about 2275/8554… Just short of the top 1/4th. This is pretty awesome.
I was definitely helped by the fact that at least 50% of this run was right along my old hunting grounds (E/W River Parkway.) I was pretty happy with how I ran the hills on the parkway. At the 5 mile split, the gun time was 48:38… which comes out to a net time of about 42:45. The second half, which was supremely flat along Summit avenue I ran in 43:10.
The best signs I saw:
* “Nice Butt”
* “Don’t Poop your pants!” (the poop was graphically depicted as a steaming pile of shit)
* “Run Bitches”
* “Never trust a fart!”
Here are some pictures (Thanks to Gaurav):