Race day inspiration
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
As I said in my initial race report blog, my 10k on Saturday was lots of fun - great weather, beautiful course and great people. As in most cases in life, the people really made the most difference. I have been running with several friends for about a year. We have all progressed at our own speeds and really enjoy supporting each other and going to races together.
We also see some local legends at a lot of the races. One of those we admire set the over- 70 men's course record at this 10k on Saturday! He finished about 10 seconds ahead of me - he was amazing!! The whole time I could see him up ahead, knowing I would never catch him. Keeping him in my sites helped me to keep up my pace throughout the race.
The coolest part of watching him run and seeing him break the 70+ course record? After the race he was congratulating US for running so well. He told US how proud he was of US!! Let me tell you, there is something that just makes you feel good about getting a fist bump from an over-70 year old man who just out-ran me in a 10k. He also told us that we would keep improving for 10 years after we started running, no matter what our age. So, I still have several years before I will reach my peak as a runner. How cool is that??
Another very inspiring person was a woman I didn't know. She won the 50-59 age group in her Vibram 5 Fingers and cute, flowery running shorts. She was gorgeous and athletic as well as sweet and encouraging. I hope to see her in more local races, and I want to be more like her as I age. :)