My mom who I still call mommy [probably will till the day I die] is in town!
I had planned on racing a 5K this morning cause I SO SO wanted a PR and some $$. Who doesn’t love a little $$ and a PR on a holiday???
I got to the race EARLY, as always, and it was sold out. Insert giant sad face. [okay I lied - I felt sad inside but kept smiling anyways]
Note to self: Always sign up early online for a race you want to run so you don’t end up racing a 10K for the 3rd weekend in a row.
I didn’t have goals for the 10K because I wasn’t planning on racing the 10K. So my two minutes before the start goals were to beat my 10K last weekend [race recap coming sometime this century] and hopefully kick it in sub 41:15.
41:15 is the time you need to start getting ranked in the Run Washington DC area rankings. Since I’m the ripe young age of 29 there is no way I will get ranked anytime soon – the OPEN division is super competitive and though I am faster than I used to be I’m still NO WHERE near where some of these ladies are. Does it intimidate me? NO. Dream Big – right?
If you are at the top there is no where to go. It’s more fun working your way up from a 1:06 10K’er than it is to be naturally fast. [no offense to those blessed with speed] But back to the rankings – you have to run sub 41:15 two times. I missed it in 2009 by 2 seconds – yes 2 seconds. Anytime anyone tells me seconds don’t count in running I laugh in my head.
2 weeks ago my 40:23 got me my first sub 41:15 and I was hoping, praying, wishing for the 2nd today. In the end I fell short. 41:30 /6:40 avg [according to Garmin]. What do you do when you fall? PICK YOURSELF BACK UP AGAIN with a smile on your face. This is what DREAMING BIG is all about.
Sure I could be sad right now that I didn’t get to race a 5K like I REALLY wanted. Or that I didn’t get to win some $$ that I could have REALLY used. Or I could be bummed that I didn’t get my sub 41:15.
I can choose to be happy that my legs moved as fast as they did after racing a 10K three weekends in a row. I can choose to be happy that I got to see a million friends this morning [I can't even count how many!]. I can be thankful that I got to make new friends, that I got to do my 5 mile [yes 5 mile] cool down with two rock star runners and listen to them while they talked about their plans for the Olympic Trials [uhhh yes I did feel totally out of shape and overweight *cooling down* with them]. I also can choose to be thankful for the fact that my mommy is here – that I got to race with her, that it’s Thanksgiving and that we ALL have so much to be thankful for, no matter how much or how little we have.
Did you race this morning? Did you DREAM BIG? Congrats on putting yourself out there!
What are you choosing to be THANKFUL for today??
Oh and I’m SUPER thankful my mommy got me this awesome matching Saucony Vizipro pink top and some super cool Saucony arm warmers.
Have I told you lately how much I love running??
Physical training is good but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come ~ 1 Timothy 4:8