I started my “competitive” running with marathons. My major competitor (heck, OK, my ONLY competitor), was and is: ME!
That said, I can’t seem to get below 4 hours on a marathon. A friend suggested I would stand a better chance if I built up speed by running some faster, shorter distance.
This fall, I’ve run three 5ks. One with my youngest son, age 10. We meandered through a 34 minute race on the Heritage Trail in Chester. Another, on Halloween, I took 4th overall out of 97, but it was a slow crowd. Finished that in 25:20. On the treadmill I can keep it to under 24 minutes, but finally got under 23:30 outdoors with a 23:27 finish. http://www.eagletiming.com/index.php/2015-race-results/174-2015-11-22-newburgh-turkey-trot-4-3m-2
I had a long-time former colleague tell me that this run (3.1 miles) must be just a little jog for me. I told him I always have one goal: finish with heart beating and have fun doing it. Maybe that’s two goals.
In any event, I was happy to finish with a 23:27 and now of course want one thing – a finish in under 23 minutes. I’m looking for my next marathon, but that will likely not be till the spring. In the meantime, I’m focused on strength and speed training.