Running at the Back of the Pack

Yesterday, I happened upon a Facebook post made by the folks at Runner’s World Magazine:

 

I was curious, so I followed the link to the blog post they were talking about, written by Heather Gannoe at her blog:  http://relentlessforwardcommotion.com/2014/06/the-reality-of-the-back-of-the-pack-heartbreak-hill-half-marathon/.

I read the post with a lot of interest because I am a slow runner. I have a first place age group award for a 2-mile race and a second place age group award for a 5k, both of which had a very small field. But those two races are exceptions for me; I am consistently 30% away from the back, no matter what the distance. Judging from the number of comments on both the FB post and the blog post, Heather’s experience struck a nerve. It certainly did for me. Read More

Unsucessful Attempt, Time to Regroup

My first 50-mile attempt failed, due to issues during the run and a few wrong decisions before and during. I’m now making plans to regroup, re-train, and re-try.

I’m hugely disappointed, to say the least. (Also a bit depressed and ashamed, truth be told.) In addition to failing at this greater distance, it was also my first-ever DNF. I am trying to embrace the experience because a DNF was inevitable and I have always known it would be something I’d have to face. It is just as beneficial to my running life to be able to accept and handle failure as it is to successfully reach goals. I know this. Read More