I had my first college meet today and it was a very interesting race. I’ve been sick for the past week, and although I’m feeling better than I have been I still was not back to normal. And it was literally 90 degrees during the race, which was entirely in the sun. So between those 2 things my time absolutely sucked!!! I ran a 22:16 and my worst time ever before that was a 21:20 and 21:10. So this was a pretty bad race time wise, but there are still a lot of good things that came out of this race!!!
Last year during my XC season I didn’t finish my last 2 races because I was run down and experiencing really bad asthma attacks. So today it was exciting because I reached the finish line!!! It may have taken me the longest time ever, but I still made it there, which is something I hadn’t done in a while. I went out there and gave it my best effort I had and made the most of what was given. This one race doesn’t define me as a runner or what my season will be. I’m excited to see how much I can improve from this point when I’m feeling well, the weather is better, and I get even more training in.
I got to run in a pack with my team this race, an opportunity I never had in high school. Running with a teammate right next to you and pulling you along through the race is more helpful than I ever could have imagined. When you want to give up or doubt yourself they are right there and you just focus and running with them, just like practice. I can’t wait for more races with my Hounds!!
This race was not bad and it wasn’t a failure. It was a series of small victories and lessons on how to improve and get better. It’s only up from here!
Early Amtrak by Joe McMillan Via Flickr: Caption: “Illinois Central 4020 and B&O 1457 at the Amtrak enginehouse, Chicago, Illinois, June 29, 1974. Note brand-new Amtrak SDP40F 618 at the left and that IC 4020 has a broken headlight.”