Saturday morning, I ran in the Destin’s Bayou Bay and Back 10K. I ran 42:16 (way faster than expected!), was 5th overall, and the 2nd place woman. Being honest … I get sick of 2nd place. It seems like I’m always getting 2nd. And I shoulda won. But more on that in a moment.
Back to being happy! I ran 42:16!!!! A 6:48 pace! Wo, dude! I thought 43:30 – 7 minute pace – was a stretch. So yes, I was excited, encouraged and energized by how I did.
But there is always room for improvement. 1st off, I stopped to tie my damn shoe about 2 miles in. I swear I’d double-knotted, but it still came loose. So after that, I threw down a big surge to catch back up with the guy I was running with. We were running strong, and I slowly pulled away from him, and caught the next guy ahead of me. All the while, the lead girl is in sight, and very in reach. I slowly close the gap, and pull even around 4 miles. After a few steps together, she surges and pulls ahead. Let’s be honest … that got me. She pulled a nice lead on me. I began to close the gap again, but in the last .2, she pulled ahead more and beat me by about 25 seconds. Maybe I should have held 10 feet back for a bit longer, and closed more at the end? Definitely should have held stronger in miles 4-5.
On another note, the girl who beat me is 41. That EXCITES me. I hope (and believe) that my fastest years are yet to come. So when I see someone running fast who is 10 years older than me, I get excited!