So – in 2008 I decided to run my first 10k. I wanted to break an hour and I did. I was proud of myself. It was a good run and it helped motivate me to run a little more and do other things. I went on to run the Peach tree road race in 1:09.xx that year. I was pleased – I hadn’t run at all, I just did it.
Last year, in better shape, but without running I ran the Peachtree in 1:05 ish. Cool… but I wanted to break an hour. I actually had a goal this time. Now as you probably have figured out, I’m obsessed with breaking 1 hour. I ran the 10k 3 weeks ago in 57 something or other. Good… on track.
Today, I suffered a mental set back. It’s kind of got me a little worried, a little nervous – if you will. You see – I ran the Spring Chicken again today. I ran a better time, I ran well. I focussed on first mile pacing, but I suffered miserably on the hills and finished less than 30 seconds faster. My mind is racing. There was a lot different – it was colder, it was windy, it was a different (in my opinion, harder) course.
I take few positives out of this – in that I paced my first mile MUCH better than in the 10k – but now I’m nervous about July. Am I on track? Am I dreaming? I don’t know. I guess at this point, my best bet is to just keep working on weight loss. Run some here and there and lose weight. When we get about 6-8 weeks out from the Peachtree – get on top of the running hard core. I haven’t really been running as much the last three weeks, I did spend 1 week NOT running as I was sick. I’ve ridden more … I think if I focus, I can do this – but this was not the number I wanted to see today. At the same time – I’m glad I did it, I had fun.
All of that mental obsession put aside – Derek WON his category again! Last time, he won the whole thing, but this time, he faced a 12 year old with a beard… and a coach! He did great. Max ran the 1 mile fun run. He did AWESOME! I ran with him and he ran about 95% of the event. He didn’t complain one time and smiled the whole way. Both of the boys did great and had fun! An awesome event and I think we will look to do it again next year!