Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I almost wrote "Conclusion" but this is not an ending.
My Feaster Five race pace and finish time are on the record now. It is better time than last year --- meeting my goal to beat the year before. But I was hoping for a better time because my practice times are better than my race pace. I have to remember that my race pace is not as fast as I can go.
My running coach (years ago) told me that a race will have variables out of my control. She was right. I could not control the huge crowds. They slowed me down on the downward hill slope requiring me to weave among slower walkers instead of picking up some much needed fast minutes. I spent a lot of the race passing slower "racers" huddled in groups. Time was lost going around an ambulance near the last turn on the last hill. Better to lose a bit of time than the poor racer who needed that ambulance!
Now is the hard part --- maintaining this level of running for a base and gradually improving. Without a race. In the cold. In the dark. To be continued ..