Austin 10/20 race report….and Boston thoughts…

I have no pictures.   This further solidifies me as a crappy blogger.  How do people get race selfies and still run fast?  I can’t do either.  Anyhow, a shame this race had its final running.  It’s such a treat to have an easy logistics race and although the course isn’t scenic, it’s a good, fast course.  The race is so well done and fills and void in the spring race schedule for something a little longer.  Plus 10 miles is such a nice distance.  

So how can it hurt so much when it is so nice,  I really wanted 7:30 pace for this race and ended up with 7:38 average pace.  The last two miles had a brutal headwind and the only hills of the race so that’s what got me.  But overall, a good effort.  The proximity of this race to Boston kept some of Austin’s top runners out so I fisnished 4th old lady.  Which turned out to not be a good spot.  It look me out of the age groups and out of the top 3 masters, so I won….nothing.  Except personal satisfaction, says she of the never ending best try-er and good sportsmanship awards.  

The best part of this race was going with friends and having brunch after.  I miss the days when running buddies had more time and when I did too.    Running friends are the most fun.

I felt pretty good about my effort of the race until the race photos came in.  I should know better than to open these.  So. Bad.  Horrible running form and I either picked a super unflattering outfit, or I’ve gained some weight.  Moral of the story, delete any emails that come post race.   Who needs that kind of self esteem blow?  I’d rather have the completely false imagine in my head of me running like Shalane, than deal with the reality of what those photos consist of….

And onto Boston thoughts…

-so excited to watch and routing for Desi!  And Meb….doubt he’ll win but will be incredible to see.  

-so over everyone’s social media postings of all their Boston marathon prep and testing of race outfits…yes, I’m jealous.  

-eyes on the prize.  I am registered for a race many have told me is their all time favorite.  Hello, Chicago 2017.

-two friends running,   Will be fun to track them.

-a little sad.  Worked so hard last year to qualify and still come up short.   But big picture,  running has been good to me.  I appreciate what it’s given me, it’s given me a lot.  

Bedtime calls.  Happy Easter and marathon Monday.  

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