The course was supposed to be 6.66 miles, though the Garmin measured it at 6.69 miles. I'm not sure how I did at running the tangents, but 3/100 of a mile isn't too bad. Plus, I know they always measure these things slightly long to be sure the course is certified.
The route was fairly scenic--it ran along the Mississippi River in an out-and-back course beginning at Kaposia Landing Regional Park and following the Mississippi Rive Trail. The MRT was nice and flat with no camber--making this a PR course for sure. It began heading south, which yesterday just happened to be into about a 10 mph wind. No worries though, because I knew I'd be turning around and finishing the course with the wind at my back.
I knocked off the first mile in 6:30 which was pretty decent considering I was heading into the wind. The next mile clocked in at 6:29 and I realized I was on pace for a PR in the 10k if I kept it up. I calmed down a little and the third mile was an easy 6:34. A half-a-mile later was the turnaround. Luckily there was no one in front of me running really slowly so after turning around I was able to pick up the pace again.
With the wind at my back now I started speeding up. If I could keep my pace I knew I would set a PR for the 10k and after that I could just cruise for another 4/10 mile. At four miles I was on pace to average 6:30 and confident I would break my 10k PR of 40:37 (granted I've only run one 10k and it was 2 days after running 20 miles). After going under the Interstate 494 bridge the wind was really at my back and I picked things up even more. I hit the lap button on my Garmin at 6.22 miles--39:51--a new 10k PR. Now it was time to dig deep and finish this 6.66 mile race strong.
With 200m left I got up on my toes and sprinted. No one was going to catch me from behind--not even that lady walking her dog and occasionally running. I came through the finish at 42:26--also a PR for 6.66 miles.