I thought it would be fun to take a look back on my race photos from this yearly Lawyers Have Heart tradition.
|2005, wearing all cotton.|
|2006, looks more like the chicken dance than a race.|
|2007, getting into a groove|
|2008, my poor knee!|
|2009, approaching the finish, super hot!|
|2010, focused on the finish line!|
|2011, midfoot strike. The only photo they took of me.|
|2012, red face to match my red top! Nice background.|
I shared my race report with my sports psychologist and he helped me see that I ran exactly the race that I needed to be running to advance myself as a runner. He asked me: "if you had set a ballpark goal before the race (not knowing what you know now) do you think you would have set a goal to run a course PR by over 2:30?" I thought about it, and I probably would have set my goal to run a course PR of about 2:00, which would have been a 47:50.
Only after the fact did I start being hard on myself for not pushing. So in reality, I ran a faster race than I expected by NOT focusing on a goal time. I focused on my strategy, pacing and execution and in doing so, I ran negative splits and exceeded any goal I would have set for myself. And looking at the below photo, I do realize how hot it actually was, despite it being "good weather for this race".
He told me that if I run all of my races like this, where I accomplish everything I set out to do, then I am going to make a lot of progress as a runner. If I look
for failure, of course I am going to find it. And my natural instinct is always to look for failure in myself.
So what did I learn by having some gas left in the tank at the end? Not that I need to push harder when I race, but that my capability level is higher than I expected. Which means great things for the next time I race!
|Yes, 2012 was hot!|
Neat to have a picture from each year! How come you never get missed?ReplyDelete
It's true, if you look for it, you'll find it! I do the same all the time, but all the positives that come out of the races are what you need to be proud of! There are positives!ReplyDelete
What a great series of race photos from the same race!
Very cool comparison! I think your times tell the true tale of your improvement. Keep up the good work!ReplyDelete