Dealing with a stomach ailment yesterday and overnight (not sure whether food poisoning or a stomach bug), getting a stressful call from family in New England in the morning of race regarding family issues, and topping it off with a jury duty summons in the early morning mail, this was the craziest pre-race scenario, I think, I had ever encountered. Almost threw in the towel and blew off the race.
But I had paid for it, and even if my heart wasn’t in it, approached it as a workout.
The morning was cold and windy, and since I was racing in shorts, legs were numb along with my mind from the morning stress.
But you know what, the race was just what I needed – a nice distraction from all the crap. The effort and pain of the 8k took me away. This new temporary course was damn hilly, and the fifth hill just before the 4 mile mark nearly did me in.
Surprise surprise, finished 10 overall (VERY happy about this as it is the Shamrock) in 27:47 – nearly in the top 7 until that last hill – and 1st master among some decent competition from out of town.
Damn, that feels good.