The slow and the fast of it…
Friday was long run day with Louise. 17kms of lovely chatting but my goodness it was slow and sluggish. Louise was very gracious to stick with me. I’m still not quite 100% from the head cold and laryngitis. But with Louise’s encouragement I made it. It was more a mental run than a physical run. With only two weeks until the Ross Half Marathon, getting in some longer kms was necessary to be mentally prepared as much as physically ready to run those 21.1kms. We plodded out those 17kms in 1:44:23.
But then came today. The Launceston Running Club‘s Longford 8km handicapped race.
I decided that I would put in some effort. I ran as hard as I could. For a while there I had two blokes right behind me, then they passed me, then I passed them. Finally at the half way mark one passed me and continued to tick forwards while the other one lagged behind. It was a great boost because I literally felt like I was being chased there for a while, I know how Jack Sparrow felt (well just a little bit)!
It was a great run! Someone has forgotten to tell the weather man that it’s August in Tasmania. The last month of winter, it was a balmy 17ºC.
I ran my heart out. It’s not about being fast, it’s about being fit and having the stamina and the endurance to get to the finish line. I’ve learnt that I can indeed keep running when I feel like I’m about to conk out. In the early days this feeling would signal a big slow down. No way did I want to be a DNF from pushing too hard. Now I know that I can push and run hard and still finish. It’s the voice in my head that says I can’t. I’m pretty good at silencing that voice now.
I came 20th! I was the 20th winner! I ran the best I could. I ran my race and finished. (I had a huge coughing fit at the end, but I finished). I’m so proud of me!
That’s what I love about running. It’s all about Personal Bests! I did my personal best today. I have no idea if it’s my personal best for 8kms but I know I did my very best today. And I feel great!
As runners we need to be proud of every effort, ever run. Each run is a run in the run bank that helps us to meet our goals whatever they are. Regardless of time or pace if you feel you did your best on the day be proud of yourself! And if you didn’t do your best but you finished and you participated well be proud of yourself too!
Yes Pauly got a win today, I’m so proud of him! This win means that both Pauly and his unsporty wife will be receiving trophies at the LRC end of year dinner. Me, getting a trophy? For sport? For running? There are a lot of PE teachers shaking their heads right now.
Unsporty Women Can Run!
Happy running 🙂