I was good today and didn’t race. And I was honest. While it was cold, the rain stayed away this morning. I met my training partner and her boyfriend at the race location and we went together to get our race bibs. I made sure to put my bib in my backpack and I gave it to my friend’s boyfriend to hold. The timing chip is on the back of the bib and I didn’t want to get clocked since I wasn’t racing. The plan was for me to run out two miles turn back and meet her boyfriend where the 7.5 mile mark was, cheer my friend on and then hoof it to the finish to cheer her in.
My run was great. Fabulous actually. No pain, the brace gave very good support, and I ran a very good pace for me. By the time I met up with her boyfriend I had run 3.6 miles at an average pace of 10:10. It was exhilarating and I didn’t feel like I pushed it at all. I also made it back before the lead runner. It was fun to see all of the runners pass by. My friend came by right on target not only for a PR but her stretch goal pace. Once she passed we took the short cut back to the finish. We walked around the finish area and waited for my training partner. I remember seeing another friend of mine approaching the finish as we got near. The race clock was at 1:24 and I was so happy for her, I knew it was a big PR. Soon my training partner came in. She finished strong with a PR of 1:30. Exactly what her stretch goal was. In the finish area I saw another girlfriend who won our age group with a PR of 1:10. Just amazing. While I didn’t race, I was thrilled for my friends. Seeing their victories inspired me for my next race.
So, I behaved and didn’t race. Now to explain my honesty. The race results were posted online quickly. A friend of mine sent me a text and told me I placed 16th in my age group with a time of 1:25. He knew I didn’t race today and was teasing me about it. Apparently when I walked past the finish area my bib in my backpack was close enough to the timing pad it got clock in! I had hoped to run the ten mile race in 1:42, so anyone who knows me knows I didn’t run that fast. I have already emailed and left a message with the race organizers explaining the error and asked to delete me from the results. I want to rightfully earn my race times.
Today was a good day for me. I am gaining more confidence in being able to resume my running plan. My pace hasn’t suffered with my lack of training. But best of all I am determined to come back and set a PR – actually running and earning my finish time.