Day #13 of 50. The Fastest “Long” Race I Ever Ran

The Hot Chocolate 15k (9.3 miles) November 18, 2012

OFFICIAL: 1:12:54 (7:50 pace).  Age 46

I totally rocked this race and had hardly ran at all in the five weeks since having qualified for Boston in Utah).  I asked my friend Peter from my running group if he would be so kind as to pace me during the race and he accepted.  I needed someone to push me and he had done just that on many of our long training runs the past few years.  This race was one of those pleasant surprises in life that leave you thinking, wow, I’m stronger than I give myself credit for.  I was going through the early to middle stages of my dissolution during this time and it had been a very rough summer and fall for me mentally and emotionally; not to mention other issues.  I recall that I had not slept for about four days leading into this race so I did not have very much energy that morning.  I also have this crazy habit of signing up for races way in advance and then not being prepared.  This was one of them.  I even contemplated backing out, but then Peter had committed to helping me and I am so glad that I didn’t bail!
I finished 10th of 288 in my age group; the competition was a bit more tough this race and to be honest, I thought I’d finished much better than that!  I was 282nd of 3021 overall male/female finishers and 112th of 2234 females.  I don’t know if I will ever be able to top this race, but I will never forget how it felt to run that fast for that long.  2012 was a great running/racing year for me, the best I’ve ever had.  I had just turned 46 a few weeks prior.  I felt strong, light on my feet and I was free from injuries; 2012 was most definitely my year for running!

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