Will somebody PLEASE give me an excuse not to run the Ohio Outside Trail Race #3 tomorrow morning?
Yep. That was my attitude. I only had one person (Sheila) respond, and she told me to go to bed.
I got up for the race, had breakfast, yadda yadda yadda, and I left with my bag o' racing supplies (towel, warm jacket, gloves, Garmin, phone, earbuds, FlipBelt, Kleenex). It was freaking COLD.
I was further irritated when I discovered that I hadn't recharged my Garmin. "Well, that is just dandy," I grumbled. "Now I won't know my pace or how far I am on the course or ANYTHING. Way to go, Stephani."
It turned out that running without the Garmin, or "racing naked," was the best thing I could have done. I didn't look at my wrist during the whole race. I didn't judge my pace or make any calculations on where I could gain time. I didn't think, "OMG. I SWEAR I've gone farther than .27 miles."
And. . . I shaved a minute off my previous time. Not bad, eh? Now, I don't think this is entirely due to running sans Garmin because I know that I am a faster runner in cold weather; however, I do think that the fact that I didn't keep judging myself and measuring the course paid out for me, too. I did measure myself against other runners--this dude, for example:
|You think you're going to beat me? Really?|
|You, sir, are going to get chicked.|
All in all, I finished happier than when I started, especially after a slice of breakfast burrito and two carrot cookies. Did I mention that the cookies are the bomb diggity?
|This is EXACTLY how I look after shaving off a minute of my time and eating two carrot cookies.|
Those cookies, though.
This post is a bit long, so I'll save my recap of the NERC Interclub Relay for next week. Until then, run happy, Peeps!
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