“The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.”
The Army Ten Miler is one of my personal favorite race. I, for some reason run that race very proud. I overcome with full of emotion watching so many injury soldiers trying hard. I watch their struggle to continue. I see the pain in their eyes. I see them fall and stand up like I am sure they have done many times. And while I go pass them, it just make me feel proud, proud to have the opportunity to run beside them, amount them.
6:00 am wake up and the first thing I did was to look out of my hotel window. We were bracing ourself for not so great weather since we were just lucky to not get hit by hurricane Mathew but we knew it will be windy and overcast. Well the weather people lie! it was still raining and very windy. Temperatures were in the mid 50’s but when you add the wind, you know it is going to be a cold one. I hate cold… Oh and did I mention I hate cold?!
Headed to the start line ready to run. I ate very light and hydrate to ensure a good performance. This race is big, about 40,000 runners so you know your start will be a bit cramp but I went with a goal in mind and I was determine to reach it.
When I run I am like a horse, I don’t look back or to the my side, it is all forward. I don’t run with music either because I learn from my husband t listen to my breathing and that has help me so much on how to pace myself. So the plan was to go out fast the first mile to break out of the pack. So I did, my first mile was 7:53. For some reason mile 3 is always out of sync and a bit off compare to the rest of my miles then mile 4 and 5 were my fastest miles at 7:50. Then the rest were between 8:00 and 8:04 which according to Garmin my pace was a flat 8m/m which I am happy with. Total time was a good 1:20:49 witch it was my goal. 3 minutes PR from my last 10 miler and to end my season in a good note.
At the end of pretty much every race, I feel like I could have give just a bit more. I always think that may be I am reserving myself too much. May be I am over thinking the finish line too much and not allowing myself to give all I have.
I had a pretty good season, so I can’t really complain about a bad season but I need it to end my season in a good note since I am still pretty disappointed about my Ironman. I know I wanted to finish and I did but I let my mind take over and I felt defeated before the finish line. I let my mind dictate my body and that’s when everything went wrong.
For the off season I am hoping to get my shit together and train what I am bad at… which is cycling. I need to embrace the suck and stop complaining. Strength training and cycling in on the menu for most of my off season.
2017 Season: I am already planing for 2017 season and really hoping to sign up for two marathon, one in May and the other one most likely would be NYC or CMC. Everything is on the “planning” stage right now. One of my big goal for next year is taking on Ironman Lake placid 70.3 in September and I want to qualify for Boston 2018 so lets see whats 2017 bring and lets train smart.
“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”