I think I got a bit slower over the last few years, even though I am training more than ever and harder than ever. I know I haven't been training for a 10k, but in my mind I am definitely a sub 40 - 10ker at least that is what I thought. I ran a 44:30 and it was on a completely flat course. And I don't think I could have run faster today. My BPM avg was 183 and my last stretch hit 195; I am thinking that I defiantly maxed out. *This is the first week I have ever had a heart monitor.
My slowest 5k to date is 19:20, granted it has been a while since I ran a 5K and it was the race for the cure with tons of people to slow me down. With all that said, it has been 12 years since my last 10K, wow it has been awhile, I guess I am not 28 anymore, it is just a lie I have been telling myself.
Two years ago, I averaged a 7:24 /mile at the Colorado half even with my meniscus popping around mile 11. I think getting fat last year really did its toll on me. I guess I have to just rebuild that college foundation that I maintained for 20+ years. . . Somehow?? Must have been all that intense cross-training . . . rock climbing and mountaineering.
With all that wining, I had a blast and felt like I could have maintained that pace for another 10K or so. My cocky side talking.