As runners, we have all kinds of goals and pursuits. Win race. Finish race. Meet a time goal. Set a personal best.
My goal, usually, is even simpler: enjoy and have your best race ever!
That doesn’t happen nearly as often as I wish it did. I enjoy running, always, but best race ever is not an honor to be bestowed lightly! Last week at RnR SF, I had the best race ever. At the New York City Marathon in 2006, I had the best race ever. Beyond that? Not many “bests”… Until today, when I had the best race ever!
It was an unplanned, untrained-for, last-minute race-day-registration 10K that I got talked into doing last night at the one-year anniversary part of the San Jose chapter of Moms Run This Town. It went down like this:
Melanie: Alison and I are running the Slug Run 10K in Santa Cruz tomorrow. Wanna come?Me: Oh, I don’t know… Let me “ask” the family if it’s OK. [Code for: YES! Let’s just go an let them know that I’m doing it while I eat this amazing cake!]
The Slug Run is organized by the Santa Cruz Track Club and is your typical local event: 100-ish participants, low-key start and finish area, but great organization and support throughout the course and post-race coffee and bagels!
We started on a field: then ran to the hilly, hilly, hilly trail — smack in the middle of the woods: Then turned back and power it down to the finish:My time was 53:50 and I came in first in my age group (that could only happen in a small race like this!) and so did Alison in the 5K.But now I must stop because you are in for a treat later on tonight (or tomorrow morning), with an upcoming race review from Melanie. Stay tuned!