October 30, 2005
ok, so I was wrong
Last night when the official race results were posted online, I had a happy surprise - my 19:41 (watch) was clocked as 19:38, and only 1 second behind the woman in front. The time discrepancy I can understand - in the brain-death of short races I often don't stop my watch correctly and yesterday was no exception; I finally punched the right button a little bit (half-second? 1? 3? dunno) after crossing the finish. As for finishing a second behind rather than 4 seconds behind, well, I just don't know. I was definitely behind Amy, but I wasn't counting the seconds between us and I am a terrible judge of this (someone XX in front of me spacewise = ?? seconds timewise. Answer? uh, dunno).
Anyway the reason for all this happy rationalization is that I'm really thrilled to see a 19:3x instead of a 19:4x, even if the difference is only 3 seconds. Hopefully one day I'll be closer to 19 than 20.
This morning's 14 miles was fun but nothing super-special. The awesome weather is still here and it was mid-to-upper 50s when I ran. I wanted to take it easy but found myself picking it up sometime after 4 miles. By 10 miles I was a little tired at that pace and held an insty-debate on whether it was better to hold a pace once I picked it (the "you break it, you bought it" stance) or to allow myself to slow down a bit because I have more miles and a couple key workouts coming up this week ("the don't be stupid" argument). I picked the latter, and backed off the effort a little.
Posted by joe positive at October 30, 2005 1:31 PM