I had a race today and I decided that I'd not time myself so that I could run by how I felt instead of worrying about my time. It was a great idea!
This morning was around mid 50 degrees and it was so refreshing after the entire summer of heat! I felt good. Almost too good- like I probably should run a bit harder next time. The race didn't have timers at the mile markers- so I was completely clueless on my time.
I took the first mile (I think) pretty conservative, I'd placed myself in the right spot, so I wasn't dodging slower runners and I wasn't sprinting to keep up. Mile 2 was great, wind at my back. Mile 3 I still was feeling strong. Sometimes, I get winded (maybe that's not the right word) but generally start feeling gross/tired and I just try to hang on for end, but today I was strong. I powered through the last mile- actually passing people! I was surprised to see the timer at 22:32 when I crossed the line. I felt great- I could go for another few miles at that pace...good thing since the Air Force 10k is in 2 weeks.
My dh always tells me after how many women were ahead of me, 13 today. So, 14th overall, 3rd in my age group. I'll take it!
|Waiting for mommy to be done running!|