I have to say, I seem to be on a bit of a running roll lately. Races, supplemented with my Selden Hills group runs, have had me moving pretty much every weekend.
I guess that makes me a weekend warrior?
Regardless, just running that one day a week has me feeling good.
Again, I entered this race with no expectations besides running comfortably and hopefully meeting (or beating) my time from last week’s race.
I’ve run this race plenty of times before and know that no matter what the weather, there is always a breeze when you are on the south shore. I braced myself for a cold wall of wind as I turned the first corner, but to my surprise, it wasn’t all that bad. From that point on, I knew I could focus on my stride, cadence, foot strike, etc.
I actually wore my Garmin and was able to track my pace. Although I can’t look back and see my splits, I remember being very consistent as I checked in at each mile marker. And to my surprise, I crossed the finish at 24:37 averaging a 7:54 pace.
It sounds silly, but after the race I felt light–like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Just seeing that 7:54 gave me hope that I can get back to where I should be.
Obviously I’m not putting the work in now–we’ll leave that for next season at this point–but for now, I’ll be happy to call myself a weekend warrior as long as it means I’m moving forward.
What’s your connotation of the term ‘weekend warrior’?
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