Erika, Me, Row at start
Wow. Great inaugural race. I’m told that all five Rotary groups got together to put this race together, and I must say, having had experience with “inaugurals”, this one was well run.
I had planned to race the Tough Topanga 10K on Saturday, but was hit with vertigo, making a 6 hour car trip not appealing or possible. So, I stayed home. Pouted.
Then realized that I had 6 donors who had purchased a mile on my race. I needed to find something to race. Something small. I remembered my gal Row was talking about the Stockton race, and I simply thought…this is what I should do.
Having again forgotten to check my paces on my McMillan Race Calculator, I just drove to Stockton with a check at 6:30 this morning. And a Sharpie. With names on my arm, and fresh off a bout of vertigo, I got out in the wind and quickly found a Starbucks. I waited for Row, and we walked to the starting line.
This race was to eradicate polio worldwide, and so for a worthy cause, I loved toeing the line. A woman spoke who had polio when she was three years old, and her final words were: “Run for those of us who can’t.” I couldn’t believe only a day before I had been complaining about dizziness and weight gain. It was the best perspective for the race.
Stockton is pretty flat. It was an out and back, and I start fast as usual, but head to the back of the pack. At the .6 mark I was thinking I really am slow, but remembered not to compare myself to all the 30 year olds here. As I passed the 1.6 mark, I looked down to find an 8:xx pace, so I was pretty stoked. My goal was not to do a PW (34:xx) and try to stay above the 11 minute mile pace.
I’m pretty happy with my pace. 10:23 and 6th place out of 12 in my age group. I also was 24th out of 51 of all the women. I have to remember that I’m not really running against anyone. Not even against myself. I am just running. And, when I beat a prior time, I get that inner strength to toe the line again next week, because this season I’m running strictly for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and you can sponsor me for a mile or two here. Today, I ran for Randy, a former teammate from the 2009 TNT team. He ran with me. Was diagnosed with Leukemia. Died this year. I thought of him today.
Great job Stockton! My favorite part? The old school food at the end. Cookies from a package, and cut up oranges. I will be back for this one!