Then I came home and checked the "official results" and my timing chip had a different time for me. My official time for this race was 1:14:33. I was crushed, I'd only "improved" my time by a few seconds. I still am crushed, I thought I'd done SO MUCH better than that, but I also see where I need much improvement. I guess the fact that I'd run longer distances before this race than I had my previous race made me believe I could possibly have a better time. I feel like I failed myself and my training. So when it came to picking out the Momentum Monday Mantra this one really jumped out at me:
I need to remember that I didn't fail at this race, I still ran it and it was a GORGEOUS sunny day with all the fall foliage out and made for a beautiful run. I didn't quit and I pushed myself to do what I could in all the circumstances I faced. I didn't fail and I need to get that out of my head. Even though I didn't improve my time as much as I thought I had, I still ran the race, I still finished the race and I ended the race with a smile on my face. I wouldn't call that a failure, I would call that success!
Questions for you: Have you been let down by the results of a race? How did you get over it, or have you gotten over it? Did it fuel you to get better or was it a crutch?