I'm in the midst of marathon training, because half just isn't enough anymore, I signed up for a 10k.
If you know anything about marathon training, besides it's torturing yet rewarding at the same time, you tend to slow down.
I used to be pretty fast for a girl. My norm was 8 mph, but as the miles add on so does the minutes.
On top of that, I haven't ran competitively in awhile. Therefore, when I showed up Saturday morning in Delray Beach to run in the 12th annual Race for Hope sponsored by AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse), I was hoping to finish in less than 50 minutes.
I lined up a pretty good ways away from the front. "I'm not winning this race," I said to myself.
But when that siren went off, I just couldn't help myself. I charged spending the first half mile weaving around people and knocking over the ones in my way (just kidding).
About 1.5 miles in, I was on my way to the front. That dangerous competitive side came out, and I'd target in on one person ahead of me until I passed them. Then, it was a new person I zero in on. That kept me going for the next few miles. Then, it was a game with myself to hold the pace.
I just kept telling myself, it'll all be over shortly. You're not running 20 miles, so there's no reason to slack off especially this close to the end.
I finished the race in 44.3 minutes; I hadn't lost my speed. In fact, I received an award: "Second place for overall female".
Then, I thought, if I had confidence in myself, I would have started at the front. My time would have been better and maybe I would have finished first.
So the point is don't set yourself up for second place.
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is a Certified Domestic Violence Center providing Palm Beach County with emergency shelter, a 24-hour hotline, support services for victims of domestic abuse, and prevention and education programs for the community.
They can be contacted at:
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. 24-HOUR HOTLINE: 1-800-355-8547 Phone: (561) 265-3797 Fax: (561) 265-2102 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 6161 Delray Beach, Fl 33482-6161
I was holding back to conserve when I should have been picking up my pace. I was so close to the end but didn't realize. I finished four minutes slower than my last race – 1 hour 38 minutes – because I didn't have time left to meet my goal.More >>