Middle of the Pack

I was looking through some of the race results from some of my 5ks this year.

I’m 100% a middle of the pack racer.

At the Inferno Run, I was 26/61 women.
At the Hotfoot Run, I was 48/103.
At the Reach Out and Run, I was 123/217.

Not at all races report times, but I know I’m not the fastest, and I beat the walkers.  But I’m right there in the middle. (except for that tiny race in Booneville where I won 2nd place female.)

I typically hate being mediocre. I hated piano because I wasn’t GREAT at it. I quit gymnastics because I was slow learning.

But with running, I’m not really competing with anyone but myself.

My biggest goal for the year is to beat my best time: 34:50.  I’m not sure I’m doing any chip timed races until the Yule Run in December (which is the race I PRed in – my first 5k I ran)…but I want to beat that time.  I want to beat myself…not anyone else.

Only one person “wins” a race, but I can race each one better.

I’m actually considering two events for the fall that I’m almost afraid to type.  I want to run a 10k.  There are a few in our area in the fall, but I only have one weekend free (and its the smallest of the races…like the results from last year have like 10 in the 10k and like 20 in the marathon).  But I want to do it. If it becomes “easy” to run 10k (6.2 miles), then I might consider the second one….but it’s the weekend before the triathlon.

Triathlon say what? Yup, I also want to train for the women’s indoor triathlon at the gym. It is 6 laps in the pool, 6 miles on the bike, and 2 mile run.  I think I can do it! 

So I’m focused on running more, running longer, and working on some cross training in the pool and on the bike.  They actually go hand-in-hand really well.  Swimming and biking will help make me a faster runner.  So maybe when December rolls around, I can beat my 5k time!

What about you?  Do you enjoy pushing yourself, even if you aren’t the best? What are you working towards?


  1. Girl! You are a rockstar!

  2. I’m really proud of you and the goals you have set for yourself!

    As for me, I’m a natural born quitter! Sad, but true! When the going gets tough or there’s something I can’t seem to accomplish, I take a nap! Hahaha!

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