Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Best Time

Sometimes I have the best time on a run and it doesn't matter what the time is on the clock. Sometimes I have had the best time on the clock but it's not always been my best run where I've had the best time.

Today I had the best time AND the best time!

Next Sunday I will take my place at the starting line of the inaugural Bill Rodgers 5K Run/Walk for Prostate Cancer. It's the 14th annual Prostate Cancer Walk now joined with the Bill Rodgers 5K.

I wrote about overcoming my pre race jitters in Present - Give Yourself the Gift of Peace.

One of the best ways I know to overcome pre race jitters is to get out on the course and run it. The course is the same course as the Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon and Festival Weekend's 5K. Tom knew the course well and while I wasn't familiar with the specifics of the course, I'd run parts of the course many, many times during training runs.

The day was warm and rainy.

The course starts off with a downhill. I was running at a nice even pace. We came to the uphill on Comm Ave and I channeled my inner Boston Marathon finisher until we got to the corner of Beacon Street and Cleveland Circle at about mile 1 and change. I stopped for a water break. The next part of the course is nice and flat set against the scenic Reservoir. There was a gentle rain falling and many many runners were out on this first Saturday in August.

Next up, the huge hill up Beacon Street. In the middle of the hill I thought to myself, "This is never going to end." What a wonderful metaphor for life. In the middle of an uphill climb, we feel as though we are never going to get to the top. I kept a strong and steady pace feeling fully present and balanced in my body.

I celebrated once we got to the top of the hill knowing it was all downhill from there.

I began to run. Tom asked me what I was doing.

"I left a little in the tank," I replied smiling and sweating.

I could feel myself overheating so I dumped some water on my head. I poured it on to the imaginary finish line.

I knew I had the best time but did I have the best time?

I checked my Nike+. Yes indeed - I sure did. The best 5K time since April of 2013 when I returned to running after a two year hiatus.

My first mile split was 15'12" and my average pace was 15'24". That's with an elevation of 221'.

I don't know what the day will hold for me next Sunday but I do know that today, I had the best time!

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