Archive | June 2012

Women’s Fitness Festival

I was looking forward to this race!  This was my 3rd attempt to reach my goal time of a 6:30/mi pace.  My training had been going well and this would be a fast race.  I knew that this race attracted several fast women which would help push me closer to my goal time.  I was hoping to be in the top 20.

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Working hard!  I am still heal striking…..ugh.

As soon as the race started, I knew that something wasn’t right.  I watched the pack take off and I didn’t have the energy to stay close.  It felt very different than my other races.  I had to make the decision to go at a comfortable pace for me which was slower than my goal pace.

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It turns out that I was coming down with a virus and that’s why I felt the  lack of energy that I usually have.  However, I remind myself of what a friend told me, “Not every race is going to be a PR.”  It’s important to celebrate effort.  And, on that particular day, I gave everything I had.  Although slower than I had hoped, I managed to place in the top 20 and also won my age group.

2012-06-03 Women's Fitness Festival