“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” - Walt Disney

Saturday, March 5, 2011

If you lived here, you'd be home by now...

During the race this morning, as I reached the turnaround point for the people running the 5K, I had to fight the impulse to say "screw it" and turn around with them.  But I sucked it up and plodded on, knowing that I needed to get my 6 miles done today.  When I hit the 3-mile marker on the race course, I thought about those signs you see on apartment complexes that say "If you lived here, you'd be home by now" and couldn't help but have the same thought in relation to the race - if I'd signed up for the 5K, I'd be done by now.  But no, it was the 10K course I was charting...

And, wuhoo!  Just another 5K later, I was there, crossing the finish line, having completed my goal and feeling great.  I checked my Garmin, and WOW!  Even though I'd been "taking it easy" because I was worried about having the stamina to get the mileage in (since I hadn't been building like I should have been), I'd managed to shave 0:04:30 off my old 10K PR.  Awesome!

It was a fun, flat, race (although not the most scenic - mainly through the Design District). It's also the site of the annual competition between the DFD and DPD, so there was plenty of eye candy along the way...  The $10 registration fee (for DRC members) included a technical tee with the race logo.  After the race they had breakfast tacos, Krispy Kreme donuts, Clif shot blocks, fruit, water, and beer (I passed on the beer seeing as how it was 10:30am and cold) -  talk about major bang for your buck!  I definitely plan on running it again next year, and recommend it to others!

Today's Race stats:
  • Official Results: 10K; 1:17:26; 12:28min/mi avg pace 
  • Garmin: 6.20mi; 1:17:28; 12:30 min/mi avg pace

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