>Racing>"The Cowtown" 10K Race Report - Disappointing!
The Logic of Long Distance
Derek, your first sentence says it all--this was your first 10K. Your 2nd race ever. Don't sweat it. Racing takes practice. You've come a long way and you will continue to make huge progress.
Don't ever worry about bad races or workouts, they will happen. Don't ever consider a good race to be a fluke, good races are what are supposed to happen--and they will.
Especially when you are still in the process of building mileage, it is sometimes hard to see the results in races--your body is adapting to the new workload.
1. Consider this a learning experience and move on (sounds like you already have),
2. Race more--it takes practice,
3. Leave the Garmin and any other gadgets at home for races and some workouts--learn to feel the race,
4. Don't worry too much about formal speedwork at this point, but DO change the pace from time to time--mix it up,
5. Have fun.
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