15k race recap
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The 15k race went so much better than I could have thought. Emily and I started off together pushing fairly hard. a few miles in she told me to leave her and run my own race. Yesterday I stated that I didn't want to finish without her and that the race meant more to me with her than without her- but at that point I could feel that she needed to work through it on her own. Finished really strong. Ended up well bellow the time I had hoped for and not to far off from my higher time goal for today.
Emily took first for the athena category (you must be at least 150 pounds to qualify for this category). I am so insanely proud of her. Even with not feeling the best she pushed and gave it her all. This girl is so inspiring to me. She later wrote 'Never let anyone tell you that you need to be small to be a good runner! Anything is possible!' which is something I've felt I had to prove about myself my entire life. I would not have done as well as I did without this girl. She's always proving to me that I can give more than I give myself credit for.
I ended up with 4th for the 20-24 female age group. Less than a minute from third place. It would have been really cool to place and thinking back I can see the stretch where I 'messed up' and could have cut that minute off. But I don't see any reason to dwell on it. I ran better than I expected to and finished really well.