They had me at a time of 52:02… I know that’s only an 11 second difference from what I timed myself, but DARN! Ah well, still a good run. So the results:
8th place out of 12 in my age group, 39th out of 52 for all those running the 4 miles. So, not great on a competitive level… but I’d say not too bad for my first time! I guess I now have some new goals to make – working on SPEED!!! (“She’s going the distance! She’s going for speeeeeed!”) *lol*
But, to keep my spirits bolstered – I just need to keep in mind that yesterday, I completed another goal!
I ran 5 miles!!!
It was 5.25 miles in 1 hr and 2 minutes – a pace of 11:48, or 5.1 mph. So, definitely a leisurely pace, but I was going out just for an enjoyable run to think and clear my mind. Next thing I knew, I was already 4 miles out, and just felt good, so I kept going! My knees were tired, so I didn’t push more than that, but WOW! Two goals in one weekend! KaPOW!!
And while running, I did some good thinking about some long-term goals. My mom recently told me about trash people in Nicaragua. She was watching No Reservations, a show on Travel Channel about foods around the world and the cultures from which they developed. And while eating nice meals in Nicaragua, the host learned of these trash people, or “La Chureca.” They live around the dumping grounds and trash piles, making homes out of whatever scraps they find, and using hooks to dig through the piles to try to find anything to eat.
And my heart broke.