My Current Theme Song
So... no PR, didn't even hit my goal time. But, just like the song says- keep on movin'... Here are my reflections/thoughts about the race.
Prerace: Got up ridiculously early and drove in the cold/dark to P'cola Beach. Made it safe and sound to the start and experienced a MAJOR blast from the past. I was standing in the porta line when I saw a guy that looked extremely familiar. Yep, someone from my Samford Track & XC team- a good friend of mine that was in my class of peeps. Not only that, but we had some major memories of frat/sorority parties, along with the "Thursday Night" college scene. After talking with him for a few minutes, he mentioned that he was also trying to break 3 hours in the marathon. He also shared my goal for that race. So, why not run together? Okay.
Race: Didn't get to start as close as I would've liked to the front, but that didn't keep me from blasting off a 6:15 first mile.
Miles 1-3 (in town P'cola) 616, 626, 640
Miles 4-6 (first LONG bridge to Gulf Breeze) left Paul in Mile 4, 632, 640, 638
Miles 7 (Gulf Breeze) 641
Mile 8-9.41 (Bob Sykes Bridge and P'cola beach to finish) 658, 629, 253
Final Time: 1:01:18 (6:36 pace)
I wasn't near as upset as First Light Half, but definitely disappointed. This is officially a downtime for me. Okay, take it like a woman and move on.
Post Race: When you run on a team with someone, you are quite close, so I definitely don't think Paul would BS me, as he's usually VERY (almost too) straight forward. He first commented that my running form had improved SOOOOOOO much since college. In his terms- I'm not so "heavy footed." He also commented on the weight loss, so both things help show me that I'm not a total athlete fail.
I can only think of one other positive for this race is that my tendon thingie that was hurting earlier in the week felt fine. So, looks like I won't be benched after all. Also, my smoker's cough is nearly gone. So... no place to go but up, right? I'm sticking with the plan, and looking forward to progressing (hopefully). I'm also going to be working on some self-confidence issues. Not quite sure how I'm going to do this, but hoping to just STOP beating myself up and try even harder to see the good in every situation.
That's why I posted that song!
Oh yeah, the track schedule is finished!!! I am so excited/freaked out/nervous about our first meet. We have 2 1/2 weeks until the first meet and I am so pumped. I decided to step out of the box and schedule some meets with FL teams. Turns out, they know how to return phone calls, AND don't mind helping a girl and her team out. Plus, some will be closer than driving to various places around AL. It's all coming together...
Even when training and racing don't go well, successful runners use their determination to overcome failure and setbacks, learn from their mistakes, put disappointments in the past, and move heading into their future running endeavors with unbridled enthusiasm. ~Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.