Ya Win Some, Ya Lose Some

As of yesterday, I’ve officially been back in Colorado for nine days. Since returning, I’ve tacked my first Snug run and my first trail run. More importantly, I’m happy with my performances for both, especially since both kicked my arse last year. Two tests down, one to go.

Yesterday morning included test #3: the 4th annual Jodi’s Race for Awareness, a GREAT race set in Denver’s gorgeous City Park for a GREAT cause – raising ovarian cancer awareness. Last year, I almost beat my race goal by a full minute and placed well in my age group. This year, of course, I wanted to defend my title and to PR. This race, I thought to myself, will be the true test of how I’m doing so far this year.

Well. . .let’s hope not. I had such high hopes of posing with the other medalists on Team Nana Flora after the race. Big. Fat. FAIL. Twenty-one seconds slower than last year, six places back in my age group, five places back overall. Enter disgruntled sigh here.

I felt pretty good, felt rested. I ate what I would normally eat the morning of a race. I had enough water. What happened?

Well, I was really tired during my run at the Snug on Thursday. Maybe that first trail run back on Wednesday took more out of me than I thought. My first week of work was crazy. Maybe getting to bed early the past few nights still wasn’t enough rest. Excuses!

Enter disgruntled sigh here.

Luckily, I was able to put my disappointment away long enough to cheer on our team medalists and everyone who supported the cause in City Park that day. And, of course, to celebrate!

Post-race brunch!

Post-race brunch!

My mini mental vacation was short lived, though. Just walking to my car to leave brunch, my mind started wandering again. What did I do wrong? This had better not become a pattern for the summer. I won’t let it!

Enter disgruntled sigh here.

Melissa Mincic, Ph.D., conducts child development research and works to improve the lives of young children at the University of Denver and is a long-time road and trail runner. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @nerdinrunshoes.

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