The Time Trial
July 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
I had been looking forward to the time trial at Club Run, that is, until about 20 minutes before I started running. During my two-mile warm up, my legs felt like cement and my breathing was heavy. I ran with Tony and I kept talking to him so I would be distracted about the “race”. I practiced breathing deep breaths and imagining that this was just another long run. We came to a stop and lined up for our long-awaited time trial. “Run as fast as you can, comfortably,” the coach said. I’m not sure what that means. Running as fast as I can is rarely comfortable. But run fast is what I did. Around Lake of the Isles I panted so loudly, walkers would turn around to see a sweaty girl bearing down on them. I felt like I was going to die. At a quarter mile to go, Ryan yelled, “Kick it into gear now!” I started sprinting, near death, I thought, but crossed the finish line in 16:55. Based on that time, our coaches have some algorithm to calculate our marathon time (and it isn’t x13). I was hoping to run an 8:30/mile pace, and I did it! Whew. It was tough though.
I sent off my pages for my writing group tomorrow night. I’m really looking forward to it. Goodnight, all.