This morning I ran the Meadow Brook 5k in Birmingham. Every finisher received a rose. My time was 41:09, 6 minutes and 16 seconds faster than when I ran it two years ago. I am slowly getting back to my faster times from before my Achilles tendon surgery. Today I recalled making deals with myself the last time – run to the mailbox and then I can walk. This time I ran the whole way which makes me happy since I had forgotten that this is a somewhat hilly course. It winds through an office park and neighborhood and is really quite a nice course. Another difference I noticed was that the runs I have been doing with Sam are paying off. When I run with Sam there are always sprints mixed in. I was able to pick up my pace several times when I felt like I was slowing down too much.
It was really nice to have John and Amy Hanna and their daughter, Taylore there too. I loved seeing all of them running together. It’s always nice to have people at the finish line too. After the race I spent some time with John at the pool.
Another thing that was really reinforced today was attitude. The first guys were really fast – I mean *really* fast. First place finished in 14:45. They passed me going back while I was still in the first mile. I am always in awe of runners like this but there was a person near me who started ranting, “I hate them!” This continued as more fast guys came towards us. I thought a) I have to get away from this and b) remember what Dave Scott says, “Do what you can do in the moment.” I kept repeating that to myself as I ran and realized I was smiling as I was running up a hill. I also started thinking things like “yay, going up a hill means I will be going down soon.” I thanked volunteers and police officers as I passed them. Overall, I made this my race and I am glad I returned to do it again.