Rainy humid sticky morning in Buckhead. My youngest daughter, Delaney is doing a summer internship for Susan G. Komen Atlanta and part of the fundraiser - race organizing team - So I put this on my schedule. Goal was to average under 6:40 pace per mile. Splits were 6:37, 6:28 and 7:04 with a quick .1 finish giving me an AP of 6:38. Goal met.
Overall good organization to quite a large event which starts at the same place as the Peachtree 10k which takes place in about 10 days and covers the first mile or so of that route too. Thie event is a fundraiser and celebration of cancer survivors etc. so the atmosphere and focus is on that more so than the race itself. As a result they were about 10 mins late on the start and a little off on the course measurement which I normalized for my pace. Not very many serious runners here - and I recon that I was in the top 15 finishers.
Slight grade up to the first mile. Some short rollers and net downhill for the second mile. Middle of the third mile had a longer and sharper uphill that slowed my pace - but the gradual downhill to the finish helped me regain that loss of pace.
Reasonably pleased with effort. Would like to see some faster times - but my HR, cadence, strength all suggest that this was the best I could do with what I have fitness and speedwise at this point in time. Over the last month or so, in doing those couple of All Comers meets my times are consistent with my fitness level and show my goals are appropriately set and have been evenly met. Would like to see a decent 10k in the Peachtree in the 42-43 min range (6:55 pace) if the weather cooperates. Following that I plan increase my mileage volume in prep for a fall marathon.