"It takes a long time to get good" - Scott Molina
Last night I continued my Timberman taper with a LIRRC 5k race. Amanda decided to race again too. I think she was waffling since, although she has started training for the upcoming XC season, she wanted to see if she improved but she didn't want to run (pardon the pun) into a bunch of other XC girls that had been training all summer that would be looking to toast all relative newbies including Amanda.
I'm much better at writing with a sarcastic slant but I'm finding that hard to do today. I did really well in this race. I didn't come in last in my age group. I beat my previous 5K PR by over a minute. My final time was 29:57. My pace was 9:39/mile. I broke through my self imposed non-suck barrier of 10:00/mile.
BY. A. LOT.
Amanda, in contrast, won her AG (and got hardware), set a new PR by 30 seconds, and just missed going sub 25:00 with a 25:04.
A good, perhaps even great, race for both of us.
While I always hoped to, I didn't expect to be able to run this fast for a while. I originally defined a pace goal of non-sucking as faster than 10:00/mile. I haven't even put a target on the next milestone, "not bad," but will soon. Of course after "not bad" should come "OK, " and then hopefully at some time, "good." It may take a long time as per Scott Molina, but it will come.