Ahhh. It is behind me. I made my goal of running every step of the Bix! Hallelujah. We were blessed with an unseasonably cool day - really nice change from last year's run.
Oddly enough, my pleasure at having reached the goal is mixed with a bit of disappointment, too. That surprises me. You might recall that I ran last year's race in 1:56:29. That was running part of it, and walking not quite half of it.
This year, I ran every step. This year's race time: 1:58:47. It's still under 2 hours, which was last year's goal. And on its own, the time probably couldn't touch me enough to provoke disappointment. But it is not on its own.
The thing is, I run back near (and almost instantly AMONG) the walkers. And hey - big respect to power walkers - they rock. But it is ALWAYS humbling to be running along, giving it my best shot, and have someone walk by. Today was worse than that, though...some of the walkers weren't exactly POWER walking. For over a mile of the second half of the race, I was running behind a couple of women who, I tell you, WERE NOT IN A HURRY. They were walking along, not winded at all. How do I know they weren't winded? They were talking animatedly, non-stop. Pinterest recipes and such. Sauntering along. Like an easy Saturday morning walk. No hurry.
And I was BEHIND THEM. And for OVER A MILE, I couldn't catch up with them, much less pass them. That breeds disappointment - at least in me!
It's not enough to wreck the race experience for me. I am still very glad that I managed to run every step, even if my running is slower than other people's easy sauntering. I'm still pleased to have made a goal and followed through. I am also pleased that I noted as I crossed the finish line: I could probably run 10 miles. I probably had 3 more miles left in me. Not EASY miles and I'd have been a pile of jelly afterward, but I could have done it. (And no, there is no 10 mile race in my plans at this point.)
I guess knowing I had 3 miles left in me means I didn't give the Bix everything I had. I guess? Apparently I did not push myself as hard as I could have. I definitely never want to run it alone again. It is easy for me to see that I run faster with a friend than without, and I certainly wouldn't have been so honed in on noticing the sauntering ladies, if I had been running with a friend.
I've been wondering what I will do for my morning runs after the Bix. For months, I've been training on 5+ miles per morning, 3 mornings per week. It has been consistently making me late for work and crowding my schedule up too much, since it takes me a bit over an hour and a half to run that far. I've been thinking I'll want to shorten the distance, post-race. With today's results, I think I WILL shorten the run...and then use my "coaching" on my Map My Run app to train for running FASTER. I raced today at my usual pace of between 16.5 and 17 minutes per mile. Maybe I can get that time whittled down, over a year. For sure, I would like to be able to pass sauntering ladies, next time around.
Yeah, there's almost definitely a next time around. Not disappointed enough to quit.
My placing for this race fell at:
10,308 out of 10,672 runners
5,017 out of 5,271 females
413 out of 438 females ages 45-49