Okay, so I didn't win the race. And to be quite honest I wasn't really looking at it as a race. I had goals set for myself that, if I met, would provide for a victory in my mind. The run on Saturday (4/19/08) to support former ASU Sun Devil Pat Tillman and the Pat Tillman Foundation was 4.2 miles. My first goal was to run the whole thing. To not have to stop to walk to regain my breathe so that I didn't just pass out on the course. My second goal was to complete the race in under 42 minutes, putting me at a 10 minute mile. Granted a 10 minute mile is rather slow if you ask any true runner. Heck, somebody finished the run in 21:08, a 5:02/mile pace. Now that's a runner!! Needless to say, I wasn't quite that fast.
I did, however, meet both of the goals I had set for myself. I finished the run in 37:48!! Well ahead of my 10 minute mile pace. It was actually about a 9 minute mile. And I was able to run the entire distance without stopping. I was very pleased with myself. Once I was able to compose myself enough to consider what I had just completed! J
It was a great experience, running with the other estimated 15,000+ people. I was able to run with a friend, and we finished the run right next to each other. My wife and her friend ran as well. They weren't able to keep our pace, but did a very respectable job as well. I am quite proud of all of us just for completing it. I am already looking forward to beating myself up again next year.
[tags] pat's run [/tags]