This afternoon in the mail I received a small package from the organizers of the Magellan Half Marathon that I ran almost two weeks ago. Inside this little envelope was a finishers medal reading "2nd Place Overall Female Finisher".
Backing up the story a bit, I wrote a semi vague posting last week about integrity. I didn't want to get into detail about what was going on for fear of hurting the feelings of another, but what had happened was a women had cut Sundays half marathon course short and crossed the line prematurely claiming my 2nd place finish. For the first 7 miles of this race I knew that I was in 2nd place and because the remainder of the race is a blur in my mind I wasn't quite sure if I was indeed passed by another female before the finish. Turns out that I wasn't.
Knowing the conditions of this race I never wanted to falsely accuse another person of unintentionally stealing my thunder, so I decided to respectfully accept my 3rd place finish. But my husband being the loving man he is contacted the organizers and they worked it all out and it turns out that I really did come in 2nd. Nice confidence booster before tomorrow mornings race.
It has been a really busy and weird week for me with lots of random things going on in my normally dull life. One of the highlights this week was on Wednesday when my latest posting got some local attention from the organizers of the Soldier Field 10 Mile, Fleet Feet Chicago. Turns out that my self entertainment can be weirdly amusing to others. So thank you Fleet Feet and to the few new followers that have joined along for making me feel like I just got my 15 minutes of fame.
Speaking of SF 10, I am PUMPED to run tomorrow. I love this race and this distance, and I think that my body is ready for a decent PR on this course. For a little extra motivation tomorrow I have been telling myself that because I have the 10 days after off of work to recover that there is no excuse for chickening out and not forcing myself to press the pace. Really hoping to hit 1:08 or better here. But I have been eating crap all day, which did include a GIANT serving of ice cream, so we shall see if my body is willing to comply.