From the time I signed up for the Timex 16K run I knew I was going to best my previous time. The last time I ran a 16K was at the Condura Skyway run on February 6, 2011. That was my very first 16K. Before that I was doing 5Ks and 10Ks. Back then, the reason why I signed up for a 16K was to maximize the experience of running atop the Skyway. As a side note, two of my friends who had never signed up for an organized run were running a 10K.
For this 16K run, I had already a few half-marathons notched on my belt. I figured I should be able to maintain a 6 min/km pace. What surprised me was that not only did I maintain that pace (my unofficial time, which is definitely a new PR, is 1:33:52, which translates to a 5:52 per kilometer pace), I still had more gas under the hood. I went balls-to-the-wall in the last 2 kilometers and I still felt strong! I didn’t have that weary, wobbly, rubbery feeling in my legs.
Here are my split times:
I know that my split times are laughable to the elite and otherwise serious runners, but I’m close to 50 years of age and I’ve rarely been able to sustain such a pace for 16 kilometers. Such is the beauty of running—I can still show improvement despite my age.
Now that I have proven to myself that I can sustain a sub-6 minute pace, the question is: what would be my marathon pace?