I was in the Tampa area for a wedding this weekend and decided to run this 10k in downtown Dunedin. A little iffy about my foot - and the race was clearly set up for low key competition - (5k to follow at 9:30 to coincide with the beginning of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations - which is a big deal in this little town. So I felt like running a tempo effort and gauge my intensity so I would do no harm to the foot.
The race course was literally out and back on The Pinellas Trail from just north of the BlueJays stadium to Curlew road and back. I started off easy and locked in a 6:50-ish pace. Gradually I picked off runners one by one until just before the turnaround when I found myself in 2nd place overall. The 1st place runner was a good couple of minutes ahead but clearly out of reach for me. The first woman who I had passed around the 2 mile mark stayed close and passed me at just over 4 miles. She gapped me a bit but then I maintained the same gap through finish.
Good splits 6:55, 6:44, 6:43, 6:51, 7:00, 6:57 and 6:32 pace for the last .2. Foot felt solid. Pleased with the results.