Tue 8 Nov 2011
I was disappointed with my finish at the Surf City 10 miler last Sunday. Since I am officially training for Boston in April 2012, I know I am being extra critical of myself. Do you ever do that? Well, I excel at self-criticism, so this gives me an opportunity to practice at looking at the “glass half full.”
I got to run a beautiful course in Huntington Beach, California along the ocean and even though the wind kicked up and it started to rain at mile six, the weather cooperated for most of the race. I’ve been suffering from a hamstring pull and I have taken two doses of a three-week remedy prescribed by my homeopathic doctor which is allowing me to continue to run without taking time off—that’s amazing. I had an opportunity to do an important training race to build up speed at just the right time in my training.
Okay, my goal was to run 8:30 or 8:35 minute miles. I accomplished that goal up to mile seven and then lost it. My final time was 1:31:00. So I averaged 9:05 minute miles. There were 121 women in my age group and I came in 6th. That’s not bad!
My next training race is scheduled for January 7th—the Southern California Half Marathon. The last time I ran a half marathon on May 2, 2010, I ran 1:50:21 and came in third in my age group. Okay, the challenge is on!
The point is—I am training for Boston. That is a dream come true. Whether I run it fast or slow, I will complete my dream race for the second time in my life. Life is good.