Yep, still summer. | Run for a Child 10k

It’s no secret that we’ve had a crazy hot summer. Record-breaking. Crazy. Hot. And I honestly thought we were over it. It’s September! Summer is “over”!

Not so much.

Last year, we were all wearing jackets before the race — it was cold! NOT a problem this year. It was supposed to be in the mid-80s.

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Great turnout for a great cause! The race benefited CASA this year.

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Only a few seconds after the above photo was taken, I decided to do something really stupid. (Do you ever feel like my race recaps are just a collection of stupid things I do? Yeah, me too.) I was at the start line with my friends Amy and Lindsey. They run faster than I do – any day of the week. But I thought I’d do a little experiment and see how long I could hang with them. Ugh. So instead of starting at a conservative pace like I knew I should, so I could warm up and finish strong — I ran my guts out for the first mile and waved to them as I fell back to my own pace after the first mile marker.

Awesome. So now I was physically worn out AND had to keep myself motivated even as I watched my average pace drop and drop on my watch through the rest of the race.

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My only time goal for this race has been my time goal for 10Ks since I ran my first one — this same race last year. I wanted to break an hour. The closest I’ve come is 1:01, and I know I have a sub-hour 10K in me.

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Somewhere during mile 2, as I was cursing myself for starting too fast, I also realized Stupid Thing #2. I typically have a rigid pre-run routine and diet. I eat and drink the same bland things every time. That morning, for no particular reason, I decided to switch it up a little. Not a lot, but enough to make my stomach angry.

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Then somewhere during mile 3 it started getting really, really hot. There were entire stretches of the race that had us facing directly into the sun – no trees in sight. (As I complain about it, I notice the photo above which is a perfect shot of me running in the lovely, cool shade of a huge tree. I SWEAR. It was SUNNY.) Combine the heat with Stupid Thing #2 (and Stupid Thing #1, for that matter) and I wasn’t exactly having my best race ever.

But! I was running. And that is always the point. Not to be the fastest. And not even to run the furthest. But to just run.

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And as it turned out, it wasn’t my sub-hour day.

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(I have no earthly idea what is up with the race clocks… I remember approaching the finish line and being so confused. I promise it didn’t take me 4 hours and 53 minutes to finish. Nor did it take me 20 minutes. Somewhere in the middle…)

1:04:45.

And with the heat and my stomach and all the (inside my own head) complaining I did during that race, I’m pretty pumped about it.

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There is some seriously sweaty yuckiness going on in that picture! That’s me with my speedy friend Amy.

And my new favorite running shirt.

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Now then, let’s get on with some fall weather!

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One Response to Yep, still summer. | Run for a Child 10k

  1. Amanda C. September 5, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    I heart this!! “But! I was running. And that is always the point. Not to be the fastest. And not even to run the furthest. But to just run.”

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