Running race 49:46  6.21 mi (8:01 / mi) vdot: 40.2
max:160 shoes: Nike Pegasus
Irondequoit 10K. I had a loose goal of breaking 50 minutes, and I did accomplish that. I also finished 3rd in my age group and got a trophy. I saw Tom Lamme there prior to the race, and knew that with him in the race, there was zero possibility of winning my age group, and I was certainly right about that. His time was around 40:30 (6:35/mile), about a minute and a half per mile faster than my pace. He's amazing, for anyone, but especially for being 62 years old.
The course is reasonably tough, in that the first 3 miles are generally downhill (dropping around 150 feet), then the 4th mile is a significant uphill (around 100 foot elevation gain). And there is a fairly short but quite steep hill at around the 5.8-mile mark.
My mile paces were:
1st mile: 7:37
2nd mile: 7:52
3rd mile: 7:57
4th mile: 8:54
5th mile: 8:15
6th mile: 7:47
from 6.0 to finish: 1:24, or 7:00/mile pace.
I accidentally wore the wrong shoes. I had intended on wearing Asics Gel Nimbus, which are my favorite shoes for road running. Instead, I grabbed my Nike Pegasus, which I find substantially less comfortable in general. Fortunately, it was after the race when I realized the error, or I would have been totally psyched out, and mad at myself. As it was, I noticed right away that the shoes didn't feel all that comfortable, but I didn't know why, and I put that out of my mind after about the 1-mile mark (although they were still bothering me, I didn't obsess about it). Blame the mixup partly on getting home at 1 am last night from our band playing at a private party in Sodus Point, and therefore me being very groggy at 6:30 am this morning as I was getting my race stuff together.