October is the 10th month. Its is my Birthday month. It is the month I started dating my husband. Its is the month of Halloween. It is the month of the Perfect 10 miler by CGI. Last year I ran in the Second Annual Perfect 10 Miler and I had a blast. I signed up on Opening Day this year because I knew I wanted to run it again. the Perfect 10 is a all female 10 mile race in Mercer County Park NJ. The energy last year was amazing and empowering.
This year the event was a great time once again! I did not spend the night in a hotel like I did last year. So I had to wake extra early and then take the long drive. It wasn't too bad of a drive but the whole time I was just wishing the sun would come up. The temperature was in in the mid 50s and the winds were not strong. We had some light rain but nothing major. Since I was running as a part of a team we had a tent which is always nice to hang out in pre-race and then you also have a place to stash all your gear while you race.
The race started a little after 8. My goal pace for this race was to match or better my time for this event last year. I have been training for much longer distances so I was worried my pace would not be as fast. During all of my training runs for the Blues Cruise I was pacing much slower but also running on trails with many hills. The Perfect 10 is on paved surfaces with hardly any hills at all. My average pace yesterday was 7:51. I felt great. Im sure I could have pushed it a little harder but I was happy to be able to breathe and finish strong. There were many woman running near me that were struggling strongly to breathe.
Many people train to be faster and I have certainly been in that group at one point. Now my goal in training is to feel my best during my runs and to feel my best in the days after. Yes I still want to be faster but if I feel strong during an event and know that I can get to the finish line and then keep on running than I know I my training was on par.
Thanks again CGI for another great event.