2010 Old Town Beer Run
It's Here and Past Already!!! Oh how quickly things seem to come and go.
After weeks and weeks of training. The beer run has come and gone.
Yesterday was beautiful! I could not have asked for a better more beautiful day for our beer run.
Emily Kim and I carpooled over on this warm sunny day.
Last Year I ran the beer run in 48 minutes.
Last year it was cold and rainy outside (the perfect weather for running).
This year my goal was 40 minutes, but it was hot hot hot outside and I had not anticipated that. I had been training so hard for the past few weeks and I ran more this past year than I did last year before the beer run. I wanted to kill it on the course. Unfortunately I started way too fast. I think I ran the first two miles in about 15 minutes. That is about 7 and a half minutes per mile. I was at the front of the pack, but when I got to greensboro college I knew I could not sustain that speed.
Did you know that running is a very mental sport? Do you know that when you are training you should be training the body as well as the mind? I should have thought about how I would have to run differently if it was warmer outside. But I didn't.
All I could think about is how I wanted to run it in 40mintes. I didn't think about how weather could affect my time. I didn't think about how to recover if I started out too fast. I didn't think about all of those things, but I should have. I was fuzzy at the end so I'm not sure if my time was 43, 44, or 45 minutes. I'll check the old town time stats later this week, I'm sure they aren't up yet. Either way it was faster than last year, but 40 minutes it was not.
Have you ever not completed a goal? Have you ever worked really really hard for something and fallen just short of where you wanted to be? Maybe it was in a sport? Maybe a project at work? I'd love to hear about things you've worked hard for that didn't work out the way you wanted them too. How did you respond to defeat? Does it make you want to work all the harder the next go around? Does it inspire you to try again, or does it take you to a dark place?
Typically I'm inspired to try harder. What can I say, I'm persistent. If there is something I want, well, I typically go for it. Working hard and setting goals or bench marks is something that I enjoy.
Overall the Beer Run was very fun. It always is. For me it symbolizes so much. It symbolizes the start of me finding out who I really wanted to be as an adult. it was the beginning of me learning to love myself and who I am as an individual. Even though I didn't run it in 40 minutes, I still ran it and I enjoyed myself. I cheered on other runners as they passed me and I was cheered on by runners as we passed each other. It was good fun. Honestly I forgot how important this run is to me.
Even though the goal was not achieved, it was a beautiful day to exercise hard, feel the warm sun on your back. Not to mention the guilt free beer drinking after the run makes me very happy. It was a perfect Saturday.
Note that I'm doing what is called double fisting in these pictures. Note: I never double fist and I rarely rarely drink that much beer ever.
Till Next Year!