windy, slippery, death trap.
Skinny trails, muddy grass, and steep hills would make the
race a fight versus myself, as much as the other runners.
Emotions and nerves ran high, runners need the first kilometer to settle down and
familiarize themselves with the pace, conditions, and other competitors.
I had run only
twice, both times excruciatingly painful, and once so bad, the pain forced me to drop out
of a workout, since being diagnosed.
A concern of mine was adjusting and settling into
However, I felt no pain after the competitive adrenaline started flowing.
Knowing that overextending myself early, and leaving nothing left for the end, would kill
my opportunity, I preached to myself, “Breathe slow, eyes up, long legs, don’t get
passed.” Letting the race come naturally, and not forcing the issue, helped develop a
rhythm and find a comfortable, yet competitive pace.
Accomplishing this lifted a