1ST PLACE ALL AROUND: Ange Donikowski Eberlein (38:15, 1st 30-34), MaryKaye Pazder (overall race winner in 34:48), me (41:50, 1st 35-39) and Lisa Oesterling (41:07, 1st 45-49). NOTE that every one of these ladies beat my butt back to the finish line!
…is taking 1st place in your age group as I did in the ERC First Day 5-Miler event on Jan. 1.
I almost never get 1st place anymore, so I was pretty jazzed (but I played it real cool, of course. I’m not sure where all the fast 35- to 39-year-old women were on Jan. 1, but I’m glad they had something better to do because that 1st place got my 2010 racing season off to a good start.
I had a 41:50 which is a 8:22 mile pace. It wasn’t a P.R. for me in the 5-mile distance (my P.R. is actually a couple minutes faster), but it was a pretty good pace/time for me considering the snowy/icy conditions of the course. (Thank God for Yak Trax!)
I should have had a lousy race. I drank the night before. I stayed up until 1 a.m. I ran several days in a row before the race. I was underdressed.
So…what was different about this race (because, um, my whole ’09 racing season was pretty lousy)?
I had a different mindset in this race. I decided to embrace the uncomfortableness.
The truth is, I’ve gotten soft. I’ve gotten lazy. I’ve gotten comfortable plodding along at a pace that is in my comfort zone. I’ve avoided working out with those people who push me to the point of uncomfortableness.
And, all of that is fine, but…then I can’t really expect to do well come race day, right?
So, I decided to quit making excuses (I drank too much, I stayed out too late, blah, blah, blah) and just run the race beyond my comfort zone. If I crashed & burned, I crashed and burned…so what? What did I have to lose, right?
And, it paid off. I “embraced the uncomfortableness.” I did not crash and burn. I pushed myself to do better…because I know I’m capable of that.
I actually caught up to my husband (who I can never keep up with) and we ran the last mile together.
That’s the way to start a new racing season. I have a feeling this is going to be a better one.
Complete results here.