In yoga class, lying on my back on the mat, eyes closed, concentrating on breathing and letting go of the stresses of the day. My mind is resistant to settling down, I hear the teacher softly telling the class to “bring the puppy back to the paper” as a metaphor for focusing the mind in a gentle but you’re in charge kind of way. I smile to myself…this is the approach I need to get my running focus back in place.
Lets just say that my training plan for May did not turn out like I planned. Kind of felt like the wheels come off as far as my running schedule goes. The many pitfalls included the normal obstacles that frequent all our lives: travel, studying, work, illness, weather and more studying. I did enjoy a few quality runs but not the quantity that I feel I really needed to prepare for the Garden of the Gods 10-Mile Run, the first Race in the Triple Crown.
So the plan was to simply get up, get dressed and tie up the new running shoes and head outside for a "be in the moment" run for pure the joy of it, letting go of expectations and regrets.
What a beautiful morning for the Garden of the Gods race. This was my first time running in this event and the Triple Crown series. I had a few pre-race jitters as I wove my way through the hoards of runners warming up and waiting in the pit stop line.
In a quest to pick up my Pikes Peak Sports singlet I must have passed by the PPS tent four times until I finally located my goal, it’s those pre-race nerves. At the starting line I was feeling pretty good, glad to have my husband there and well wishes from a few friends.
My strategy was to run a consistent pace, be aware of my running form and hydrate at the water stops. I hoped to finish in 1:45-1:50, a total guestimate since this was my first time on this course.
What a beautiful venue, blue skies, red rocks and the opportunity to enjoy the morning with a few thousand of your friends; all with many reasons for being there but all with the same goal. That is my view from the middle of the pack which was a spectacular view. See you at the Summer Roundup…or Jack Quinns….or on any trail..