I was excited when I found Jocelyn at the start line. Jocelyn is a VERY good runner (and also a very awesome person). Like one of the "fastest amateur marathon splits at Kona" good. She always beats me at running races but I thought *MAYBE* I could hang with her for a while if I felt really good. She is a very good pacer and never goes out too fast and she told me she wanted to run under 1:04. I figured she might be my ticket to do the same.
The race started and well, let's just say I knew it was going to be a long 10 miles. I hung with Jocelyn for about a mile but when she was chatting and I was already working very hard, I knew I had to let her go for sake of (my) survival. I decided I would just run 6:20 pace as long as I possibly could. That ended up being about 5 miles. For the next 5 miles I worked on my positive self talk and mental toughness as I coaxed my (very) fatigued legs through another rough 5 miles. I am proud to say I kept all the miles in the 6:30s and didn't totally blow up. The last time I did this race I remember feeling similarly bad and my training log revealed that I started running 7:00+ pace. It's the small victories. :)
I was a bit disappointed after the race because I wanted 6:20 pace to be doable. But Dirk reminded me that sometimes you have to leave the ego at the door and accept that training through races isn't always going to result in a PR. Good point by him. No doubt my pride was wounded and once I let that go, I was fine with it. Good hard effort on tired legs and also good practice with remaining tough and focused when the going is not so good! My final time was 1:05:30. (and Jocelyn crushed 64 minutes with a 62 -- watch out tri world 'cause she's turning pro this year! :)
After the race, we stayed for the awards, and these two (husband on left w/hat and training partner Ben on right) ate about 23 pieces of pizza total.
|They look like they might be hitchhiking.|
|Talk about epic races!|
Indeed, "staying the course" is what it all boils down to. Pretty good words to live by!