Well its taken me nearly two weeks but here is my Dutchess County Classic race report!!
Just before the 6 mile marker I passed by Beth’s house and saw her husband and three kids sitting on the corner. I felt like I was flying as I waved at them. By now I was so curious about my time. I tried to ask other runners for the time when I could but they either could not hear me or misunderstood and told me the distance. It was just past mile seven when I talked with a pair of runners who gratefully told me we had been running for exactly an hour. I was right on track and still felt great! Does that mean I could have been running harder? At no point did I have that feeling “This really sucks. Why do I do this”?
I knew If I kept up my current pace I could do as well as NYC and better than my time at last year’s classic. What would I need to do to PR? Maybe I should just keep running feeling good and not hurt myself. After all do need to continue to run this week. No giving myself days off after today like last year. This time next week I will be in the middle of 22miles. I decided to just continue as fast as I could without feeling the “this sucks” feeling. So that was it. The miles kept clicking by as I felt great. I loved reflecting on how hard it felt last year and how far I have come. After all I had just run 20 miles just two weeks ago. What’s thirteen point one compared to that!