When I do these 100 races (38 so far), trust me, there is no chance of "winning" any of them. Which is fine by me. Heck, I'm not even running these races, I'm walking them! For me, completing a race, is winning. Many people have said the race is really inside of you, the race is your body against your mind, physical vs. mental. I tend to agree with that. Regardless, that 1st Place trophy for (fill in the blank) race will not be on my mantle.
Race organizers have added a dimension to this though, age category 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards. So they will have female & male typically in five year increments e.g. 30-34, 35-40,... But even with that, winning or even placing in my age category is not the cards for me.
However, I recently signed up to do a half marathon (13.1 miles) this Fall and they have a walking category, you actually have to register as a walker or a runner. Hmmm... So when I registered I did sign up for the walking category - and they do have the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards for male, female overall in the walking category. So all of a sudden, this little competition thing starts coming into my thought process - not even sure where this came from : )
So not only have I altered my training for this, I've also gone back through the race results for prior years for the walking division of this race and "scoped' out the competition! Where did this come from???
This morning did 10 fast miles, walking, at Suwanee Greenway. I altered half mile brisk walk with half mile fast walk. Completed the 10 miles in 1:59:07, a pace of 11:54 per mile. It was a good workout.
As usual though, I always do have the camera with me, and during one of the brisk walk segments saw this incredible spider web out of the corner of my eye. I actually paused my watch and got a few pics of it:
The way the sun hit it, it looked like a circle floating in the air.