The Good: It was super easy to get to the race start using the Metro.
The Bad: We missed our planned Metro train. Hence….the upcoming bad.
The Good: I got to use the porta-potty before the race.
The Bad: While waiting in line, I missed my assigned wave and had to start with the 11:00 min/milers instead of my assigned 8 min/milers. And people using khakis – clearly not runners – were using the porta-potties with the in-a-hurry racers.
The Good: I ran a great time, 1:19, an average pace of 7:54 min/miles.
The Bad: I didn’t meet my goal of 1:18 and honestly believe I could have had an even better time if I didn’t have to run 9:30 min/miles the first two miles because of the crowd. But hey, I only missed my goal by a little over a minute!
The Good: I ran intervals, including some low 7 min/mile segments.
The Bad: The intervals were forced because I had to slow down a lot because of the crowd and then tried to dart ahead when I had some free space.
The Good: I ran 10 miles and felt strong!
The Bad: I think I ran an extra 3 miles laterally from darting around people.
The Good: It was a beautiful course.
(That’s me on the right with the orange headband. I’m a shortie.)
The Bad: I didn’t see much of the beautiful because I was too busy trying not to run into others.
The Good: The race went by quickly because there were soooo many people around. Crowd energy!
The Bad: The race was sooooo crowded. But I knew what I was signing up for.
The Good: An amazing Bloody Mary post-race that came with a beer chaser.
The Good: I ordered a second Bloody Mary.
The Bad: It was gone too quickly.
The Good: Running the 10 Miler with wonderful ladies and hanging out with a few who weren’t able to run with us.
left to right: Allison, Leslie, Crystal, me, Gabi, Jill, Allison
The Bad: Nothing outweighs that good. It’s been a great weekend with these ladies. I’m lucky.
- I’m way competitive with myself about goals I set when racing and get super frustrated when things outside my control slow me down.
- Achieving a lofty goal (I wanted to run the race in 1 hr, 18 min) is very difficult on a very crowded course.
- I should have started with the pace wave that I wanted and stop complaining about dodging others. It probably wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d started with the right wave.
- Not meeting a goal is OK when you are with friends you are super proud of – this was Crystal’s very first race!!!! CONGRATS CRYSTAL!
I hope to come back and run next year! And ALL of us will be able to run – no more Boostie Allison!