|With Dani, pre-race. She came in 3rd |
for her age-group!
Although I came in first for my age-group and 4th overall female, I did not race strong. I could have pushed myself; I quit too easily. It was a hard course with a continuous steep incline for the first 1 1/2 miles and another hill from 2 1/2 to about 4 miles. The kicker was a final steep hill to the finish. This last hill was "only" 1/2 mile, but it was tough.
My official time for the race is 52:16 with an average pace of 8:26/mile. My "A" goal was to finish in less than 50 minutes. I definitely could have accomplished that with more racing practice. I need to work on my racing legs AND mind. I'm toying with the idea to race at least once a month for practice. I will still have goal races where I push my limits (CIM and OC 1/2 marathon). Do you all do that? Is it a good idea? I just know I need to work on my racing mojo.
2016 Goals Check-in:
- Courage--I want it more than I fear it. Push, Wendy. You've got this. :)
- Connect--Running with others at least once a week. Having fun with this! Group runs with friends, running groups and with the soccer parents/kids.
January Miles: 119.4 miles