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.