Well this last weekend was one hell of a challenge! The 25K on Saturday proved to be a tough run…physically and mentally. The cool breeze turned a bit colder and a little sprinkle started right at about 10 miles. To go with that, the last 5 miles were on a very straight trail, with a headwind and nothing very exciting to look at. Ugh!! My sister and I marched on through and finished averaging just under 10 minute miles. That’s right where we wanted to be. Especially knowing that we had another 7K race the following day!
The field for this race and the race the following day was just loaded with great runners! I’m always amazed to watch others that can run with what appears to be little effort and just fly! Props to them for being Awesome!! We kept our pace and finished and that’s what was most important! My hamstring decided to tighten up first and then the calves got ugly just past the 13 mile mark. I was grateful for the after care people doing the massages! Rubbed out the worst of it and I relaxed most of the day on Saturday.
Sunday’s Wearing of the Green 7K was chilly but the wind was nowhere near as bad as last year’s run. The sun was shining and that’s always a bonus! Started out easy and picked up the pace right after the first mile. Turned in a 35:51 and grabbed a medal for being one of the first 61 runners to cross the finish. Nice little bonus! I looked over the results of my age group and wow! Placed 8th out of 12 runners! The competition in the 45-49 group was…well….just WOW! The first 3 in the group were all below 7 minute miles! Such speed! Again, humbled by the talent level. I never feel bad about myself though. I know what I’m capable of and I know that there’s room for improvement…and I will. The main focus this year and pretty much all the time with me is to enjoy running! No matter where I run in the pack…I’m happy! I always keep my focus on that. I don’t want to get caught up in being faster than everyone else…for me, I just lose focus when I do that and it becomes more of a chore than fun!
This weekend coming will be about the same mileage but in a different set up. We have a 10K (6.2 miles) on Saturday in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Zip home, grab a shower and pack for Ann Arbor, Michigan! Packet pick up there before 4 p.m. and then Sunday morning will be the Ann Arbor Half Marathon (13.1 miles). Another 20 mile weekend! Thank God for Becky at Massage Works!! She rescued me this past Monday! Thanks to her, I’m able to keep this hamstring moving and continue my journey to finishing all 30 races!
My main message today…focus on the happiness that you get from running! Don’t worry about times so much or where you are in the pack. If you start a race, you’re already ahead of those sitting. If you finish…you’re a star! Never let go of that! We all have our own goals and I’m not knocking those that enjoy the speed. It’s just not what drives me to run. If I turn in a great time…yep…I’m thrilled! It just doesn’t make or break me. I run against myself…always!
Thanks again to my Aunt and Uncle for coming out to cheer for Patti and I this past weekend! It’s always great to see a smile at the finish line! Thank you to my wonderful wife for being the best supporter ever! She keeps me grounded and I always feel loved!
I hope to see more of you Zombies out this Spring! Be it running, walking or standing at the finish line with a big smile and a Zombie shirt on!
I’ll see you on the road!