Let’s get one thing out in the open right off the bat: when it comes to athletic endeavors in which I am competing I do not deal well with what I consider to be “failure.” Losing in my old man indoor soccer league ruins my day,* and failing to meet the goals I’ve set for myself when it comes to running 5Ks makes me livid.
And I was livid on Thursday morning.
Mainly because I could see the whole endeavor slowly hurtling toward failure before the race had even begun. Allow me to walk you through it.
Anyway, my personal best on this course is 28:35. Of course that was in near perfect conditions for November in New Hampshire- mid-40s, sunny, and dry. But I was in worse shape than I currently am. I would have been happy with anything sub-30.
32:49 (I ran six minutes faster two weeks ago in Maryland)
That put me 204 out of 575 and 27 of 57 in my age group (40-49)
And this finally gave me some perspective.
My goal the year I ran 28:35 (2008?) was to finish in the top third of the field and the top half of my age group, which I did.
Turns out I did the same thing in this race- more or less. Just missed it in the overall field and did a little better in my (now older) age group.
So, I’m okay with how things turned out…I guess.
Next up, Metchuen, NJ on December 7 where it will be flatter (I hope) and warmer (I hope) and I will be faster (I will).
Also, my ankles still hurt from the ice.
*that being said, we won on Tuesday and I scored the tying goal and assisted on the winning goal!