Awesome job! I have been dead last a couple of times. At first I started to feel bad then decided to be proud because I knew what it had taken me to get out there and do it. We're still lapping those that are at homes sitting on their couch all the time. "Last is just the slowest winner!!!"
I'm so glad I found this group! My first race was 2miles and, like everyone else, I didn't want to finish last. My friend ran with me and we pushed each other through the race and both finished last in our age groups. I started to feel bad but thought...SOMEONE has to finish last! We timed ourselves and ran a 4 mile together. We made our goal and were proud of that, even though we were two of the last five runners. We are still in the run/walk category so kudos to all of you who can run the entire race. We have fun with competitive races and work on our own personal best each time. We are even so courageous to sign up for a 5 mile! My new saying is "Slow, it's the new fast!"
Put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out the door!
The Penguin is a great author and awesome influence on slow runners! I love his books and other things I've read by him. I'e heard him say that running a marathon or half marathon slow is justified by the fact that you paid for your time on the course as long as it's open and if you run too fast you're not getting your money's worth LOL. I'm going to remember that next time I race in any length and not feel bad about being slow.
Last is just the slowest winner."-C Hunter Boyd
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I've never heard of this runner but I'm googling him right now. I've learned to like longer distances because I go the same speed whether it's a 5K or 10 miles. Being slow doesn't feel so bad when the race is longer!
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Some of you may already be familiar with John "the penguin" Bingham, but I highly recommend his books and columns, he is the "king" of slow fat runners and very inspiring, with 70+ marathons, and many other races. He gets it, and reading his materials really help me appreciate my body's ability to run and the joy I get from running, without worrying so much about my pace and finish. I appreciate his message, and hope you do too, that we are all athletes, we are all runners, regardless of our time, distance, or pace...and deserve to be seen accordingly. Mona's words "waddle on" made me think of him, b/c that's one of his catch phrases.
I am definitely slow too an have also had those experiences of passing those that rush too fast later in the race. I had to train my mind not too take off too fast when we start because the temptation was to try to run withthe others. Now I go along at my slow but steady pace and on the race course pass quite a few, including some a lot younger than me. One race I kept seeing this young guy walking and when I would get close he would take off running again for a little bit and get ahead of me. He kept repeating this because I think he couldn't stand the thought of this "old lady" (age 57) passing him. Eventually though I did pass him. I thought it was so funny because he was about early 20's or so and here I am, a slow runner, passing him.
Isn't it a great feeling when the turtles start to overtake runners towards the end of a race? I'm slow and I know it but I've been practicing running for a long way. I've done two half marathons now and passed a LOT of people towards the end.
Your comments about being the turtle and passing by the burned-out rabbits reminds me of my first real 4-mile race. I had put myself on a running program, and by a running program, I just mean I would go out and start running each weekday and see what I could do. After several weeks, I had worked my way from a couple of miles to about 5 miles. Satellite GPS watches were brand new and too expensive back then so I had no idea how fast I was going. Honestly, I didn't really care, either. (Though I did have one of those distance computers that used a stride to measure distance...except I did it wrong and what I thought was 3 miles was actually more like 4.5!)
So after six weeks, I participated in the 4-mile race. I just told myself at the start - treat this like I'm by myself. Don't run really fast, just relax and run the way I always did. So once the gun went off, you know exactly what happened. Everyone just rushed right past me in a frenzy. One person dropped their portable CD player (did I mention this was a long time ago?) After about two miles, though, I noticed something interesting. I didn't change my pace, but I was passing people! Some of those "fast" people had started walking, and others were at the side of the road. A couple unfortunate souls were getting sick. But I just kept on going.
At the beginning of the last mile, a woman who must have been behind me for most of the race said that if we raced each other for the last bit, we would end up beating a certain overall pace. I said sure, and off we went. We both finished within the top 500 and got free Chipotle burritos. (Honestly, I think we were probably in the 490s!)
My first 5K was only 4 weeks after I started learning to run and I managed to finish in under an hour (but was the last one across the finish line). My fastest 5K 9so far) was in the 45 minute time frame.
I may not break 4.5 mph running (and that's my top sprinting speed) but I will happily 'turtle' along at 3.8 mph and pass those darn 'rabbits' later when they burn out (it's happened and I tried really hard not to giggle at them).
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