This was the 10k I was trying to do well in.... Well, I had a bit of a problem at the start line- an overly happy first time 10k that thought that I could pace her.... I did not agree to this, in fact, I told her I was planning to run this very slowly....becuase I did not know what kind of shape I was in..... She wanted to hang with me.... and I could NOT get rid of her!
She told me that she runs 8 miute miles and runs 5ks all the time but never had done a 10 k before. Ok, so bell rang, off we went... I was right at the front.... we get to the first mile marker, I look up and see the time clock: 7:49 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (this color should be red, not pink- red as in the color of my face when I saw this incredible and way-too-fast -for- me time.)
Anyway, I slowed way down....mentally I was thinking that if i kept up taht pace, I might be dead in another 3 steps.
So, I finally finished 10 minute miles.... could have done much better if I would have just not given everything in the first mile. Next time! I am still happy that I got to enjoy a beautiful day running outside!