Looking back at my logbook, I first ran this race in 2005, the day after a 23 mile run (Chicago Marathon training) and 89 mile week! With all that, and a 5K PR that day, I still wanted more – imagining being as fast as XYZ person, being on the podium (5th in division that day)
While eventually I did get very fast, dropped my times way down and achieved a level I had dreamed of, there is always someone faster, doing more. Are we ever satisfied? Every race can’t continue to be a PR. How do you attune expectations? Goals? Lately, I haven’t been taking the time to quiet the “noise” in my head, unhelpful negative automatic thoughts, practice helpful mantras. My coach for over a decade, Fernando Braz, had wise words /advice which got my head in the right place, quieted the “noise” – I want to work on that aspect more.
10:15 race start, drizzly, like last year. 22 minute warm-up. At the risk of sounding repetitive, thank you John Mortimer and Millennium Running crew who put on another outstanding event. Fabulous attention to detail and everywhere you look there’s professionalism, innovation, fun. Inspiring – all these athletes come together to persevere, encourage each other, endure, push to the finish – then celebrate!
We lined up on Elm Street, I’m disreputably slow off the starting line. Heck, I’m chill, snoozing. 3 months ago I injured myself practicing track sprint starts and stuff. Nonetheless, I was boldly up there, not many rows back. Up close enough to appreciate the National Anthem beautifully sung by crowned Miss UNH (?) all the other pageant girls properly with hand on heart. John Mortimer, Jamie Staton, starting pistol. We were off, Elm Street was ours – runners in “race kilts” and green.
I “noticed” the incline on Elm St before the turn and pushed. There was a very strong female runner near me, I tried not to let her get away. Competition inwards towards myself – be tough. In the last mile, I was pleased to see friends Jade and Greg nearby for encouragement. Finally that right on Bridge, left on Kosciuszko Street (Apple PT office!) and final straight away towards the magnificent black and white Millennium arch finish line. Hearing announcer Andy Schachat’s generous shout-out, “future New Hampshire Road Race Hall of Famer” was such a wow!!
I hopped over to Millennium Running timing trailer and felt incredibly blessed for a podium day, 2nd in AG!!! My friend Pat and I getting 1 & 2!! Later, I looked at more results and saw that the “very strong female runner” who helped me be tough finished only several seconds back as 3rd in AG!
After a 22 minute warm-down and encouraging other runners on the course I went back to Race Day HQ. Runners hung around to celebrate – so motivating, tough, strong, positive – looking for the best from themselves on a given day, stepping up, living!! There was a Wild Rover Celtic Festival and one of the best musicians I’ve heard in a while, MB Padfield. I couldn’t help but groove when she played “Kiss” by Prince.
There was Portland Pie Pizza, Stonyfield yogurt, bananas, beer ticket. Vendors with cupcakes, Celtic items, food.
Always awesome WMUR Sports Director Jamie Staton congratulated me when I picked up my award.
Thank you wonderful friends, I am so grateful for you and the experiences.
Podium day!!! Second in AG (2/113) was icing on the cake!!!
1st in division; 4th overall female; 12 in total standings
Results: 7:21, 22:47, 22:50