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RE: Is a sub-60 10-miler that hard?
I ran a 10 mile race at 17 years old and had no idea if I could break an hour. I had run 15:55 for XC 5k and then taken a couple week break before only running a couple 40 mile weeks of all easy mileage. I wanted to be conservative so I went out in 6:15. I hit halfway in 29:55, and by then had realized I was going to do it. I ran the second 5 miles in 28:55 for a total time of 58:50. If I hadn't have been so conservative I like to think I could've run much faster.
Bottom line. 10 miles at 5:59 is easier than you think when you have competition.
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