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“We run because it makes us feel like winners, no matter how slow or how fast we go.” – Florence Griffith Joyner and John Hanc, Running for Dummies

Monday, November 21, 2011

Let's hear it for mediocrity!

Extraordinarily average
After yesterday's race, one of my kids joked that I was dressed like a superhero. With my tight black running pants, black jersey and black cap, plus my fire-engine red Hattori's, you could certainly make a case for that. I said that if I was a superhero, I'd be called "Mediocre Running Man" because, once again, I'd finished in the middle of the pack. Technically, I finished in the top 44%, which still counts as average.

How is it that, after improving almost a minute over last year, I still fall somewhere within the middle of the pack? Or, as I like to look at it, at the top of the bell curve? Actually, it gets worse because I almost ended up in the bottom third of my age division.

Although many who know me would think otherwise, none of this bothers me in the least. The only person I care about beating is my own self in previous races. I love that I'm competing more effectively than the "me" of two and three years ago. There's a time when Master's runners reach their peak and then begin a steady decline in their race performance. The good news is I'm not there...yet. It may be that I came into this later in the game, but I'm hopeful that I'll continue to improve. Perhaps next year my superhero name could live up to my outfit.

5 comments:

  1. Nice job on your new PR! Soon you will be close to the 50 minute barrier. Add a few more races to your calendar for next year including longer runs such as the 10 Mile Brewery Run, the Kings Park 15k and the Suffolk Half. My times really improved once I got serious preparing for those longer races including marathons. It really does help in getting those 5/10k times lower.

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  2. Thank you! I've wanted to break 55 minutes for a long time so my next goal is to break 54. The long runs definitely help with speed. Every year I've recorded my best paces between late August and November when I've run and distance trained for 10K's. I'm thinking another shot at 13.1 next year and perhaps a 15K or 10 miler as well.

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  3. Love the outfit! Beating our own times is what it is about at least thats what I think. Take care.

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  4. I always try to beat my own times. Nice outfit. Don't let the kids tease you.

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  5. Kenley, JKR - thanks! Believe me, if I cared what people thought of my outfits I wouldn't leave home half the time :)

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