Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Thank You

Apparently, all of you have not been paying attention to the strategy here at Running My Own Race. See, while all of you set goals for yourselves that you stretch and push to achieve, over here, I promote the low bar strategy. Training hard is a must, but when it comes to goals, I generally shoot for an average performance. After all, average is in the middle between the best and worst possible results, so there is nothing wrong with planning on an average performance.

No, not you guys. I ask you for help setting my Turkey Trot 5K goal, and you give me goals that are more than just a little stretch. On the one hand, I was really flattered that others have confidence in me. On the other hand, I was really feeling the pressure not to let everyone down. I said I would run my fastest, so lining up for the race this morning, I was a little nervous.

It was a great day for a 5K. It was overcast and hit 40 degrees by the start. We met a couple friends before the race. Here is a picture of Mike and I with our friend Josh who was running his first race. We talked strategy before the race: be controlled the first mile, push it the second mile, and hang on for the third mile. Congrats to Josh on his first 5K! He did great and it was so fun to watch him become a "real" runner by racing.


Since we had just talked to Josh about strategy, did I listen to my own advice? No way. You guys gave me some really tough times to match, so I ran as fast as I could from the start. Mile 1- 8:19, Mile 2- 8:30. After mile 2, I was really struggling. I was truly running as hard as I could and it was all I could do to hold on to the finish. Mercifully, the course was a little short. I think it was .05 miles short. Sure, .05 miles isn't very far, but I was so tired and hey, for me .05 miles is probably 15 or 20 seconds. My total time 25:39! Overall pace 8:16 for 3.1 miles.

The moral of the story is that your strategy of setting a stretch goal really works, because it really motivated me to try and live up to your expectations. There was one guess that was faster, but I ran faster than all of the rest of the guesses. I am taking note that a little pressure is a good thing and will keep it in mind when I set my goals for future races.

Brian Flash had the winning guess! He guessed 25:40 and I'm so excited to tell you about his blog, Team Flash. Brian lives in the west suburbs of St. Louis, MO, only a few miles from where I grew up. I love that although we never met when I lived there, we have "met" through the blogger world. This is a great time to start following him because he and his brother just signed up for Comrades, an Ultra in South Africa on May 10, 2010. He has a great sense of humor and I can't wait to follow his training and ultimately his journey. His wife, Kathy, and the rest of the family runs and they just look like they are having a blast. Thank you Brian and everyone else for your motivating goals!

I love running a Thanksgiving Day run. In my running life, I'm thankful for everyone who listens to my boring stories about training, races, and injuries. I'm thankful for everyone who shares their boring stories with me because, honestly, I don't find them boring. I'm thankful for my husband who is always the first one to tell me I can do something. I'm thankful for my friends who run my pokey pace with me and enrich my life by sharing their lives with me. Thanks for all of your words of encouragement and the smiles all of you give me by sharing your stories in your blogs and comments. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

14 comments:

Velma said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Way to rock the race!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

You did awesome!! Congrats! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)

Tim F. said...

Great job! And, Happy Thanksgiving.

Porkchopwi said...

Great job and congrats to you on a strong race and Josh for going to the line to race.

SteveQ said...

You're getting speedy! Those longer races are going to start speeding up now, too.

AZ said...

That is awesome. Isn't it such a great feeling to do better than you thought you could? Congrats.

Sunshine said...

Nice stress relief to set a low bar... average expectations can be sweet.
Congratulations on your race.
Thanks for your pleasant and encouraging comment.

Jill said...

Nice race strategy :). Congrats on a great race

Glad you had a great dinner and got the the Turkey Trot in. Here's to not being much of a good cook - not my cup of tea either :).

BrianFlash said...

I should be a coach - only one second off!

I'd talk about my methods (looking at training runs, examining VO2 max, checking heart rates at various paces), but they are too complex for anyone to follow (even me).

Thanks for the kind words and congrats on the great race!

Nat said...

Nice job Beth!! You should come and pace me, I need all the help I can get in the speed department! Awesome job!

I Run for Fun said...

Congratulations, Beth! That is incredible! Stretch goals really do work, though I enjoy setting average goals and work to exceed them. A race during the thanksgiving weekend sounds like the perfect thing!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

I wanted to say good luck at the half marathon in Vegas. My friend,
thewaytoboston.blogspot.com will be running the full marathon and Amanda runtothefinish.blogspot.com, with the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge will be there too. Many others I'm sure, but anyway. Have Fun and Good Luck!

Jean said...

Awesome job, Beth! Way to go on your time, and congrats on achieving your goal. That is wonderful!

amybee said...

Loved your thanksgiving post, Beth. I'm grateful for the same things you mentioned, along with wonderful blogging friends like you.