Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or an antelope -- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running. -African proverb

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Reno 5000 Race Series

The invention of the series is genius!  I am always attracted to series races, as are many other runners.  I love the idea of trying to get faster each time.  I also love seeing familiar faces at these races.  The championship race of the Reno 5000 series took place today.  It wasn't my best race (last month's race was my best), but it wasn't bad either.  I ran a 22:20 (unofficially) -- got 3rd in my age group and 2nd in the overall series.  As I reflect back, I can think of a few reasons why I didn't PR today.  This month the race was at 10 am (instead of the usual 8 am).  My achilles has been extra sore lately.  I also think I "settled" into position early on and just stayed there.  (This is common when you race with the same people all the time.)  But, I think the biggest problem was nerves, and my stomach could feel those nerves!  I wasn't nearly as relaxed as I was last month.  So, now I have something to work on for the next race!

Anyway -- I am happy with how the series turned out overall.  I have a new 5K PR, and I met some great new running buddies!  I'm looking forward to this series again next spring, and I would love to participate in other series races.  Let me know if you have any ideas/suggestions!  Thanks!  :)


  1. Congratulations on the 5K PR in that series! My 5K PR is 10 years in my past, but it's always exciting to see someone else set them. Take care of that achilles problem. Unlike many other "pains," it can turn into something more serious.

  2. Can't wait to see the November race picture! I will be in the pack running the WHM with ya! Have a great race!