In two days, I will be running the Annapolis Ten miler. This is the 40th annual race sponsored by the Annapolis Striders and my tune-up race for the Wineglass marathon.
Annapolis Ten miler, or A-10, is not an easy race. But I have run it almost every year for the past 15 years. The hallmark of this race are its 3H’s: heat, humidity, and hills. In other words, a hard race. In conjunction with its timing, the A-10 is the perfect tune-up race for me to gauge my fitness level.
My goal this year is to start and maintain an 8 minute per mile pace for the first five miles. Sub-8 minutes for mile 6-8. Then finish strong (7:45 – 7:30) for the last two miles. So my prediction is to finish the race in the low 70 ‘s minutes.
Do you use any tune-up races for your training?