Another race, another 4th place. To most, this is a great accomplishment. But for me it’s extremely frustrating and I am saying this and reflecting from a good place. But its like a smack in the face (runners you get where I’m coming from). When you find out you could have came in third, by 10 seconds, I really get annoyed. As I look back on my running career, I’ve come a long way.
Saturday was the Cape May Great Foot Race 10k/5k. I ran the 10k (6.2 miles) and had another 5 on the training plan to finish off the long run of the week (70.3 training!). There are many factors I could blame on my 4th place finish; lack of sleep, loads of assignments to do, allergies, sinus infection, but no this is not the blame game! I was there in the present and ready to take on that race, so I’m taking Dez Linden’s advice (Boston Marathon winner), “Keep showing up. If you believe in yourself, put in the work and stay the course, anything is possible.”
Running was and is my first love before triathlon, so stay the course I will and I’m going to keep my focus on my training. 4th place is just making me more determined to work harder to get to that podium. For everything else that was going on, I am pretty damn proud of my pacing and placing. The fire is fueling though, so as I take today as a rest day, I’m thinking about how I’m going to tackle next week’s training plan!