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Race Report: Orange County Classic 10K

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Orange County Classic 10K has been going on for years and years and years. So I always knew about it, race weekend was always big coverage in the local newspaper. So when I decided to do it this year, it was a victory for me. I had *never* imagined that I would be in good enough shape to enter this race. 6 miles for fatty me? Eek!

This race has African guest runners. 'nuff said.

Training was ...not good at best, spotty at worst. But I've gotten tired of complaining here on SP that "oh, I'm not ready, I'm worried" blah, blah, blah. BORING! I am The Optimist. I embrace my possibilities, acknowledge my weaknesses and have a personal mission to inspire others. We are the poor masses, pounding out 10 minute miles. We are the middle-aged, never-before athletes. Sorry, we dont stand a snowballs chance of beating the 20 something fresh from college kid. The only thing we can beat is our own demons and our own time.

Once you accept this truth - you are racing against yourself - life gets alot more exciting.

But back to the course. I ran into someone at the starting line that was at the "Just Tri It" Triathlon in Monroe NY last year. She said she has run the Classic every year for 10 years, but she hasnt run more than a mile in 6 months. 4 kids and a new full time job. "The only exercise I've gotten is running up and down the stairs with laundry!" Plus she had just gotten off a 12 hour shift at work. But she was still there! She said dont try to hang with her because she was just focusing on completing. That was nice.

She warned me about the hills. Oh dear she was right. But it was such a lovely route, families with sprinklers that you could run through, went through a park at one point. A circle route, which I like more than out and back courses.

The Africans finished in 29 minutes. Seriously. If I compared myself to that I would be depressed and angry. My goal time was 54 minutes and not to walk. Failed on both parts (Damn you hills!) Final time was 66 minutes and there were lots of walk breaks. But I was out there and inspired to keep going. After the race, I got a chance to hang with the president of the local runners club and am going to join.

DH was feeling poorly from a weekend shift so he opted to stay home with child. So no pictures.

I really want to encourage everyone to sign up for some kind of race this year. There are 5Ks almost every weekend if you know where to look. Its so much fun to challenge yourself and the camaraderie of the race is so motivating. Dont focus on the finish line, focus on the starting line. High five the spectators and say thank you to the volunteers. Run your own race. Dont stress if you have to walk a bit. Its better than nothing at all.
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  • v FITFORMYFAMILY
    Good job on getting out there! It sounds like you think of yourself as slow, but I'd be delighted if I could finish a hilly 6k in that amount of time. Maybe this summer... :)
    1103 days ago
  • v LESLIELENORE
    I just want to keep up with Doglady13 when we run the 5k in two weeks.
    1104 days ago
  • v THESB25
    That's so awesome! You're right: we only need to race against ourselves. Great job!
    1104 days ago
  • v BIGPAWSUP
    Great job! I'm happy for you.
    1104 days ago
  • v LIFEISPURRFECT
    Middle age runners rock! We've got years of life experience over those 20-somethings! "Sorry, we dont stand a snowballs chance of beating the 20 something fresh from college kid. The only thing we can beat is our own demons and our own time." - I love this quote!! How truly spoken.
    1105 days ago
  • v STRONGDAWG
    Yeah! Yahoo! You rock! The Optimist RULES!

    Seems like we are both in the same place. Remember the glory days of 10 minute miles last summer? Going back to work put a serious cramp in my training schedule. Not so much the time as having time and energy concurrently. LOL. I think we'll be good company when (if?) we do the West Point triathlon in August.

    I can totally relate to walking the hills. That has become my strategy. Run as far as I can up the hills, then walk the rest, at the top, start running again.

    Nonetheless, you are rocking the self-confidence, you wear your weight loss very well, my dear and you continue to inspire the rest of us.

    (cue up that cheesy song "Thank You For Being My Friend" and pass the tissues.)
    1105 days ago
  • v STRONGDAWG
    Yeah! Yahoo! You rock! The Optimist RULES!

    Seems like we are both in the same place. Remember the glory days of 10 minute miles last summer? Going back to work put a serious cramp in my training schedule. Not so much the time as having time and energy concurrently. LOL. I think we'll be good company when (if?) we do the West Point triathlon in August.

    I can totally relate to walking the hills. That has become my strategy. Run as far as I can up the hills, then walk the rest, at the top, start running again.

    Nonetheless, you are rocking the self-confidence, you wear your weight loss very well, my dear and you continue to inspire the rest of us.

    (cue up that cheesy song "Thank You For Being My Friend" and pass the tissues.)
    1105 days ago
  • v KRISZTA11
    emoticon to your race!
    1105 days ago
  • v FITFOODIE806
    Nice work!! Always compare yourself to yourself. That's the best way to race and you did an awesome job.
    1105 days ago
  • v ROXYZMOM
    Very good! Sounded fun!
    1105 days ago
  • v LINDAKAY228
    Congratulations on getting it done! The only time I tried a 10K, a few years ago, I think it took me an hour and 26 minutes. But one day I'm going to try again. I've done several 5k's. I'm not fast but I do it for fun. The 10k and one small 5k I was dead last. But I finished both of them. You did very well I think!
    1105 days ago
  • v ONEKIDSMOM
    No pics but you still have memories! And you ran your own race! emoticon emoticon emoticon Sounds like a winning day to me!
    1105 days ago
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