8 hours ago
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Spring Fling 10K That was Really a Winter Fling 10K
If I focus on the weather I can ignore the fact that I am so much slower even with all the training I have done. As I was racing I was definitely doing some self talk to be positive. I never like finishing a race disappointed to the point where I don't like racing. I did accomplish that!
I raced a 10K today that is called a spring fling. Apparently last year it was 74 degrees. Today not so much. It was 31 and a cold 31 at that. I wore pants and 3 layers on top. I walked back to my car to get my neck fleece. I was probably a bit over dressed but not drastically. The problem was sitting around wet after and then having to walk half a mile to the car all sweaty in the freezing cold.
There were a decent number of people there. My miles were all over the place from 9:22 to 10:41. It was a hilly course but a pretty one. I had 3 goals and met one of them. Oops.
Goal #1. Finish in under an hour. Nope!
Goal #2. Once I saw I wasn't going to do that I focused on finishing under 10 minute miles. Nope. But close and I picked it up in the last couple miles to finish with a pace of 10:02.
Goal #3. Not to be last. Yes! I did this. Some day I will be last and I'll need to be okay with that.
As I was racing I reminded myself that I love racing. I do.
I reminded myself I wasn't home sitting on the couch.
I reminded myself that I was trying and I had nothing to be ashamed of.
I felt fine when I finished. Then a young woman came up to me and told me I passed her and she could not catch up to me. Then I felt even better!
I did not win my age group although the person right ahead of me was the only other person in my age group! I did win a random prize.
After I did two errands, one of which was to leave my bike off for a tune up! Some day spring will really come and I'll be able to ride. I got my other errand done and my lovely son called and we went out to lunch together. We were both freezing! Then we went back to his house where I promptly sat on the couch and didn't move for about 3 hours. I watched Love It or List It and each time a new one started I had to stay to find out what they were going to do. Third world problems......which gorgeous place do we live in?
Jaxon snuggled with me some and I may have slept some. I never took off my coat or headband. I am finally warmed up and less tired.
But all in all.....a very good day.