I hope you all had a wonderful holiday week(end). Mine was filled with food, family, crazy dogs and lots of driving.
We drove to and from Rochester, and also a side trip to Ithaca so my brother-in-law Tim could visit Cornell (he applied there early, send him good luck vibes!).
In the end we put almost 1300 miles on the car in 4 days and I will never get in a car again. Ok, that last part might be a lie.
Neil and I had a game plan in place – start off slowly and pick up the pace around mile 4. I’m happy to say we executed it perfectly.
It was easy to start out slow because the crowded start. The weather started off a bit chilly but we warmed up after the first mile or so. I tried to play “rabbit” and stay slightly ahead of Neil so he had something to aim for. We put on our headphones at mile 4 and sped up. By the end we were almost at a full out sprint. I even felt nauseous for a second – normally I wouldn’t push myself through that kind of discomfort, but
there was no way I was letting Neil beat me I wanted to finish together.
Our official time was 56:10 – I must have started the Garmin late, but I pushed the lap button when we crossed the first mile marker.
Even though this is not a PR for me it was the happiest I have felt after a race in a long time. Not only because I raced with Neil, but everything went accordingly to plan. Plus I pushed myself out of my comfort zone even if it was only for a moment. I’m learning that whenever I race without a time goal in mind I have more fun because I’m not disappointed if I miss my goal.
On Sunday, I ran 10 miles to prepare for my upcoming 15K and half marathon. I had no time goals and I don’t have real ones for these races. It was sunny and beautiful and I ran around some of my favorite parts of DC. I finally feel like my love for running post-Chicago has returned.