Hi. Couldn't think where else to put this so here it is!
Ran my very first race yesterday - the Bristol 10km. I'd really hoped to do it in an hour but actually recorded 1.10.37. However, I also used the fitness app on my ipod to measure my pace etc on the way around - and it recorded I'd actually run 11.67km! I swear I didn't hit 'start' until I was over the line and remembered to stop it once I'd crossed the finish line so, even allowing for some inaccuracies, it still seems I ran further than the 'official' distance. Of course, that means everyone else must have done too to some extent :-D I'm guessing this was due to weaving in and out overtaking and - through my own lack of experience - not necessarily picking the optimum route.
So, I guess I did do 10km in an hour - and the rest was a bonus ;-D but it's also a bit disheartening - good job I didn't check how far I'd gone earlier or I might have just said to hell with it and given up before the finish line ;-D
Anway, I'm curious - is this a common problem? Will the distance I measure get closer to the official distance once I've got a few more races under my belt? And how do I get better at planning the optimum route round?