Sunday, June 15, 2008

Missed Opportunity

Yesterday morning was the PHP Rose Run in Jackson. I did the 5K race last year, when I was still a running newbie, and finished fifth in my age group with a time of 27:39. At the time this was a huge accomplishment.

PHP Rose Run, June 9, 2007.

Needless to say in the subsequent year I have improved greatly. Why, just a couple of weeks ago I ran a 24:02 5K as a regular morning run. I knew the Rose Run was coming up again, and I mulled over whether or not to enter. Unfortunately a bunch of things converging at once made me realize it was probably not practical, so I stayed home and did a quick run around town instead.

I checked the race results today and discovered that the winning time for my age group was 25:30. DAMN! I totally could have taken first in my age group given my recent speediness.

Oh well...maybe next year. Now I have to leave for my last opera performance *sniff*. That has been so much fun.


Viper said...

That's how I felt Saturday. I decided not to register for a 10K because I wanted to do a long run. Then I ran out of time and had to cut my run short. That 10K would have been more rewarding. Oh well. Hope your opera went well.

chia said...

It must feel wonderful knowing you could have placed. The only place I think I'll see this year is last :-).

Laura said...

It seems like all the races I don't do, no fast runners do. And all the races I do, they all show up and beat me out. I can't win! I suppose I need to just get faster myself...

Sherry said...

Ow wow! This is very inspirational. Sometimes I get so down on myself because I feel that I'm not fast enough... but I've only been running for a little less than 7 months. If this type of improvement is what a year's worth of dedication brings about, I can't WAIT until this winter!! :o)

Thanks for posting this!!!