“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” ― Henry David Thoreau
I have an idea of where I want to be: but I was not there today. I signed up for the Moose is Loose Trail Half-Marathon literally as the last entrant (one over the race cap, actually) and thought that was a good sign that I should do this race. I have a goal race in September and want to know my current ability to help guide my training focus over the next couple weeks. I started out with a very fast group of women. It was fast, but not unmanageable. I was not in the lead, but wasn't far behind. I was running with Carla, a runner I've known since I first moved to Edmonton and we have both won and lost races against each other, a healthy comeptition. Perfect! A great way to see where I am at is to run with someone I know is a strong, consistent runner. There were two ahead of us, but we didn't seem to mind as we chatted a little about our racing season. Good to catch up in races too! Natalia was in the lead, but there were three more women behind Carla and I. As we grouped together with Natalia, two more caught us. For the next 4km there was a constant change in the lead. Another runner beamed "it's so nice to have so many women running at the front together": I agree. At about 5km, a runner took a commanding lead, with one chasing, and the rest of us, including Carla, Natalia and I, were left to jostle for 3rd to 7th place. I was never in the lead at any moment, but was happy to be running with such a great group of women runners for the time being.
I cracked at 6km!