Amanda Lynne Byrne Memorial Run
Today I competed in the annual Amanda Lynne Byrne Memorial 10K. This was my second year in a row participating in this event and it was a beautiful day for a race! The course is hilly and winds through the town of Pecos, turning around at the national monument. I always enjoy a hilly course because it seems to break up the route into sections and also provides a greater challenge. I was able to pass a few people on the uphills and lengthen my stride on the way down.
At the halfway point turnaround, there were two girls ahead of me, and quite a few right behind me. I determined that I was probably the leader in my age group at this point and was on a mission to not let anyone else pass me for the second half of the race! I was definitely the gazelle today, and I kept up my pace to finish first in my age group!
I didn't beat my 10K PR but I was able to average less than 9.5 minute miles throughout the race and finish in about 58 minutes. I was really happy with this time because I haven't been doing a lot of speed work yet this year. This race was a training race for me in preparation for my upcoming half marathon, and I feel like I'm right on track with my training, pacing, and diet.
The highlight of the day was that my running buddy and I both took home another ceramic mug for placing in our age groups! Races are always more fun with friends.
|Flashback to this race in 2014!|