The race to end all races

June 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

For me, the race to end all races is not the New York City Marathon. It’s not a marathon at all.

It’s a 3 mile race on the streets of Lower Manhattan.

It was the first race I ever ran, long before I ever contemplated running a marathon. I barely trained, and it seemed impossibly long. I think I finished somewhere in the 45 minute range.

I ran it again at the beginning of marathon training last year. (You may have read my previous posts about that race and the 5K distance.) I had been training for over a month at that point and I really believed I was going to finish in under 30 minutes. Needless to say, I was devastated when my final time was 36:01.

But now!

Now I have been a consistent runner for over a year. I have completed a 5K in 28:30, both officially and in training. I can definitely do this. I have to do this.

Finishing this race in under 30 minutes will make me feel legit. It’s a small goal, really. But maybe that’s why it’s so huge to me. I thought it was a small goal last year and that’s why it hurt so much when I didn’t make it. I felt like a fool.

Well, fool no more, I hope. Fingers crossed.

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