What a difference a year makes! I said this morning that I would PR the crap out of this 10k. And, safe to say, mission accomplished.
Above is the comparison of the splits between last year’s race and this year’s. Wowzer.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, let me tell you that I was not 100% in the weeks leading up to last year’s race. I developed what I assume was runner’s knee not more than a month before the race. I was unable to run much until the week of the race. With the addition of a knee brace (which I still wear every run to this day), I had zero problems with the knee during the race. However, due to the fact that I hadn’t been running, I was completely out of running shape. From one mile on, I was regretting every step of it. I thought I was never going to make it to the finish line. I ran when I could and walked when I couldn’t. I finally made it to the finish line. But, I wasn’t proud. I was embarrassed. If I ran that race a month earlier, it would have been much different results. Last year’s BAA 10k was a monkey on my back. I really wanted redemption.
And that opportunity came today.
As much as I was not proud of my performance last year, I can say that I am 100% proud of my race this year. I gave it all I had. There is no part of it where I can second guess myself. Sure, I missed my goal by less than half a minute, but I can take comfort knowing that I did everything I was physically capable of to try to reach that goal. It was hotter than hades out there. And, the course was extremely congested. I didn’t feel that I really had the ability to blaze my own trail until almost halfway through. Despite that, it was awesome. It is an amazing feeling being in the presence of so many folks with the same goal in mind. And, with this being the first event the BAA has held since the terrible events at the marathon on April 15, there was an added special feeling of unity.
I have redeemed myself. So, do I plan on being back next year? You betcha. But, this time it will just be to see how much more I have in me and to enjoy the moment, not to erase the memories of a race gone awry.
Next up, the BAA Half Marathon in October to finish up the 2013 Distance Medley. The 5k I shaved off nearly 4 minutes from last year, the 10k I shaved off over 11 minutes. Is another PR in the cards for me with the half marathon? Only time and good training will tell.