Faster Than They Thought: The results haven't been posted online yet, but I know that one of my students placed first in her age group, one ran in 58 minutes and change, and two ran in under 63 minutes.
Not bad for a group who's moniker is "Team 10:30." As in, they'd be happy to average 10:30 a mile. And Jeanne, also one of my runners, broke her previous 10K PR by a minute, averaging 10:48/mile.
E. (not one of my runners), also ran well: about 50 minutes. This after running 5 miles, stair repeats, and doing150 squats the previous day.
What's the Time?: I was going to stand 100 yards from the finish line to cheer on my runners, but I got nabbed by the race director to be one of the official time keepers. So instead, I stood at the race clock with an automated timekeeper the size of a small cash register.
I had to punch in the racers' bib numbers, then hit "enter" just as they crossed the finish line. Quite stressful, especially when the runners came in groups of four and five. The race director was the other time keeper, and we yelled the bib numbers to each other to make sure we were on the same page. There were also a few bandits, another logistical challenge.
Pick it Up!: I haven't been running as many miles the past two weeks because I've been so busy at work, but I've been raising the intensity level. I ran 4 miles yesterday, the first three at a 7:44/mile pace, then slowed down to an 8:28/mile pace when I realized how fast I was going.
This afternoon, I ran 4.4 miles, the first 1.5 miles very slowly with a colleague, then ran the remaining miles quicker. It took me 36 minutes and 32 seconds to finish.
I've got to get faster: I'm running this 3K on Sunday.