I beat my last race time again. I ran it in 28:15, which is just shy of a minute faster. No award this time — there were several ladies in my age group with far better times.

I was happy that I both met my goal of besting my previous time and that I smoothed out my pace throughout the the run. Instead of lagging in the second mile, I ran it at close to the same pace as the first and third miles. Unfortunately, halfway through the third mile I had to briefly walk twice. I’m not sure what happened, I think it was mental more than anything. It did add some seconds to my final time, but it was good to learn that a slow down like that didn’t prevent me from finishing strong.

I have a few weeks off until I attempt my first 10k (eek), so I’m going to focus on adding more miles. I’m pretty happy with what I’ve achieved so far. I just wish I weren’t kicking myself about not running the whole race through this time.


4 thoughts on “Lessons

  1. It sounds like you’re really listening to your body. I sure don’t know much, but I do know it’s much easier to get injured than recover from the injury, yk? You met your personal goals-isn’t that a very worthy accomplishment? đŸ˜‰
    I know you’re looking towards the future of course. But 6 mo. ago you could never have imagined you’d be able to do *any* of this! The self-professed “Non-athlete” is now a real athlete. You’re inspiring me to get honest about my own walking program which begins next month….(eek!)

  2. Cheering wildly for your amazing improvements! I also agree with TW that meeting your personal goals are a worthy accomplishment. It’s worth celebrating! I’m raising a glass of grape juice in your honor. Well done!

  3. Syd says:

    It’s better to walk a bit and then finish strong than to have to walk across or struggle at the finish. You are doing well. Maybe this was just an “off” day.

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