I’ve officially signed up for the Dirty Sock 10K trail race that takes place on the 22nd. This will be the third time I’ll run a race that I had ran the prior year. With the other two races I’d repeated from 2009, my goal was to beat last year’s pace and achieve a new PR. I did accomplish that in terms of pace for the Marcie Mazzola 5K but it wasn’t a true comparison because the 2009 race was 4 miles. The New Hyde Park 8K was a true mystery to me. Last year I came out too fast and stayed that way until I hit mile 3 and suffered through the last two miles. This year my strategy was to go out slower and reserve more at the end. I did that and ended up running the exact same time to the second.
The Dirty Sock run poses some unique challenges for me. I’d like to improve on last year’s time but I haven’t run that distance in a while. Most of my weekend runs have been less than six miles because I’ve had so many problems with the heat. The other issue with this upcoming race is that I really worked hard to prepare last year and still had some struggles on the last mile. In fact that last mile felt as long as the rest of the race itself. I need to start focusing on my distance again and it’s probably wise to do a training run on the course at Belmont Lake to prepare for the event. I really like that park so I look forward to following those trails and enjoying the views of the lake. A PR would be nice but a strong run and a better finish will be more than fine with me.