Yay – a race in my home-town. The Lafayette Reservoir Run offering a flattish, fast 5K or challenging 10K. I always choose the 5K not because I don’t enjoy a challenging race but because I coach Cross Country & Track & Field at the local middle school and enjoy finishing early enough to cheer on the young upcoming athletes of this great town!!
I started off my race behind all the youngsters hoping when the gun went off that I didn’t trip over any of them. Phew the first 200 yards passed and I was ‘little kid’ free without tripping!! I work my way through the crowd gaining speed with distance. I pass a few of the young athletes I coach cheering them along the way and they cheer back to ‘go Coach Diane’. The pressure is on – to do well in front of the young athletes I coach and prove to them that training does help you improve! I’m about a mile from the finish running along side a gentleman who hears all the cheers for me and wonders if I’m someone famous! I let him know I’m their XC coach. First place female is gone from my sight and I wonder whether I should slow down seeing as I can’t catch her. My mind starts to talk back arguing that slowing down would give me a time I probably wouldn’t be proud of or I can suck it up and keep pushing to have a time to be proud of – what would I say to the young athletes I coach – certainly not to slow down but to keep on giving to the end. So I do just that and keep on pushing to the end with my last mile clocking in at 6:14! I finish in 20:25 placing 2nd female overall with a time to be proud of and 8 sec’s faster then last year.
After I finish it’s back onto the course as I start cheering in the kids and numerous Forward Motion athletes. Happy to see all sprinting to the finish line with what seems like endless energy!