Thursday, October 20, 2011

Racing 101

      I stepped to the starting line with high expectations of this race; a PR, finish sub 3:00:00 with what I thought was the plan to accomplish them. I achieved neither but learned several valuable lessons and ran one of my most evenly paced marathons. Lesson number one is there is a difference between running and racing a marathon. I really need to do the later for mental sanity because that is the way I am wired. Lesson two is don't hold back race smart but don't be Conservative if it feels good go with it. Number three is keep your head up and push forward you never know who is watching.
      My mile splits: 1) 7:01 2) 6:53 3) 6:39 4) 6:49 5) 6:40 6) 6:38 7)5:56 8) 7:20 9)6:28 10) 6:34 11) 6:40 12) 6:56 13) 6:46 14) 6:50 15) 6:51 16) 6:58 17) 6:45 18) 7:09 19) 7:24 20) 7:13 21) 7:05 22) 7:02 23) 7:04 24) 7:14 25) 7:30 26) 7:33
      I got so many congratulations and comments from friends and strangers alike I cannot help but to be proud of this accomplishment. I will take these lessons into next springs marathons and run my best races and coach others to do the same.