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10 km Champions Run: Pre-Race Report

The 10 km Champions Run, associated with the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, is tomorrow at 3:45—that’s 8:45 CST,  Springfield/Neosho people!—but I am sad to report that we did not train like we wanted to.

We set out to do speed training and regular runs. But we only did a couple speed sessions back in May, and our training was hardly what you’d call regular. Nevertheless, we decided to run thus race. It will, at the very least, be a nice jog through a beautiful and historic city center.

I have to revise my original goals. Having run the first 10k of the marathon in 1:05:37, I wanted to run this 10k in 1 hour flat. While I think it is possible that I could run that tomorrow, I wasn’t to be a little more realistic.

Based on what I’ve been running lately, I would like to run it in 1:06 or less. My upper limit, the highest time I’ll be proud of is 1:15. That is the time I ran my first 10k in, back in June 2006. They close the course after 90 minutes, but I don’t see me taking that long unless I—knock on wood—injure myself.

Rob had always been faster than me, and his original goal was between 40 and 50 minutes, but closer to 40 am besten. His revised goal is 40 to 50 minutes, but close to 50.

Our post-race plans are amusing: we’re going to ride the brand new U55 line with the in-laws, then take them to the brand new Hooters under the Tiergarten S-Bahn station. We love Hooters’ buffalo wings, and we tested the German ones out a couple weeks ago to make sure they live up to the American wings. They do.

I’ll tweet our results tomorrow night when I get home and write a longer race report on Monday or Tuesday. In the meantime, read up on the men’s and women’s marathons that are taking place tomorrow morning (men’s) and Sunday morning (women’s). They will run their marathon on the 10k loop that we are running tomorrow.


3 thoughts on “10 km Champions Run: Pre-Race Report

  1. Beth

    23 Aug on 2009 at 20:06

    After reading your post-race blog b/f this one, it looks lilke you two pretty much met your goals, and called your times well! Even though you aren’t happy with your lack of training, I’m glad you’re not letting it get you down or stopping you from running races!

    Hooters wings really are just darned tasty, aren’t they?!

    • xgravity23

      25 Aug on 2009 at 20:19

      Yeah, I think it has actually been a good experience. We aren’t happy with our lack of training, but it has shown us how much it is not fun to run a race without proper training. Hopefully that will be good motivation for the future!

  2. lifestudent

    22 Aug on 2009 at 7:40

    Hahaha. Hooters post race? That is a new one …