At the finish line (courtesy of Islandphoto.com)
So, as you might have surmised through my somewhat cryptic title, I learned a VERY important lesson this race: training matters, bronchitis (or any other thing that might sideline you towards the end of your training) does not (always). Now understand, this is not a blanket statement, and sometimes injuries, illness or other that might sideline your training CAN certainly affect your race performance. But what I learned was:
1. Don’t give up and throw away all of your training prior to the injury, illness, etc.
2. TRUST YOUR TRAINING!
Anyway, I deem this race a great SUCCESS! I was SOOOO nervous (as I had previously posted) due to being super sick the last month of training and thought my inital goal of a sub 1:30 was long gone. I was even nervous at the expo…so nervous that I wasn’t able to shop as usual! Oh the horrors!
But race day came, and while I woke up still somewhat weary and fearful of my pending performance…
The adrenaline started pumping, I pushed, and I pushed, and LOOK!
Just by a hair...but I DID IT! Woot!
Honestly, I am proud. YAY! So here are some race pics and lil’ anecdotes…
Approaching City Hall means 6 miles in! Over halfway done! I was feeling strong!Here I am around mile 7 I think, still going strong!
And then it happened. I sorta started to slow down around mile 8. I was chugging along and saw a man running next to me looking like he was charlie-horsing. When I asked him if he was ok he said yes, but then he stumbled in front of me, and crossed over me, collapsing on the sidewalk. He was NOT ok. So I told him to hold on (and he told me to keep going- yea right! Of course I’m gonna help a fellow-runner or anyone else out, for that matter) and I raced ahead to find him a medic. When the situation was under control I chugged forward towards the finish. And then, it happened. I DID IT! I crossed the finish line PR’ing my race with the sweet victory of knowing I had gotten my sub 1:30 time. What a great feeling!
At this time I was still awaiting my official time, but I didn't care. I tasted victory! Yay! I also learned that I really need ot curtail the weaving in and out of others, as I added an additional 0.08 miles to my 10. Oops!Self-portrait at the finish line
LOVED THIS RACE! And after, I felt GREAT (another sign of proof that training matters)!!!! I even decided to take the pups out to Husb’s baseball game. And hey, what’s a blog post without my lil’ honeys!??!
OK, so if you ran Broad Street, do tell your story in the comments! I know some of my readers rocked it so please BRAG in the comments! Go YOU! Ok, toodles for now!