Packard Summer Scamper 10k race report
My three lessons from this race:
1. Always sign up for races. I signed up for this race just three days before the race. In retrospect, for all the races I’ve done, I’m always glad that I sign up. Why? Well. Think about it this way. If I were preparing for my GRE or IIT JEE exam, wouldn’t I take mock tests? Of course I would. Well, my goal is to do my half marathon in October in sub 01:30:00 and I need all the mock tests and practice runs I can have. I have to say, I did better than I expected. My goal was to do a 7:30 min/mile average. I ended up doing a 7:16 min/mile pace. And to top it, I came 3rd in the M20-24 division (overall 41/373 ). I got an email saying my gift certificate and medal was on its way. Nothing like a boost to your morale than a medal hanging on your wall eh?
2. The race started off awesomely. I was right at the starting line for the first time in my life. I sprinted like mad from the Go! and when I reached the first mile mark, a girl with stopwatch shouted out 6:40. I smiled. I pumped my fist in the air and slowed down. Never in my life have I crossed the sub-7 min/mile mark. And there. On 26th June 2011, more than a year since I had started running, I had achieved something I thought I would never accomplish. Dear reader, If you are working towards a goal, if you are dreaming of achieving something that you have never experienced in your life, let me urge you from the bottom of my heart to hold on. The joy of pushing your limits and accomplishing your goals is one the best feelings in the world. I can’t describe it to you and that my friend, is the beauty of it.
3. I figured out a very silly thing about myself. I learnt that the reason I don’t sign up for races is for their cost. This race cost me 20$ ( I get 50% reimbursed by the Stanford Running Club). But the reward outweighs the cost, I tell myself. Coming third is priceless. And twenty bucks is peanuts. So, from now on, I’m signing up for any race that comes my way. And if it doesn’t, I’m going out to meet it in its way. My next race is the Bay Vista 10k. It’s on 21st August 2011. And my goal for this race is to do it in 42mins. Thats a 6.8 min/mile pace. I have about 50 days to train and I believe that if I can do a sub 7 min/mile pace for 6 miles, then I can do my half-marathon (13.12 miles) in 00:1:30.
Bringgg ittt onnn!
Goals are dreams with deadlines.
~Diana Scharf Hunt