Hey, my first road race went great! Per the chip time results:
143/432 (33/100 normalised)
The full results from Rock and Road are pretty cool to go through and cross-reference! This is the first indication of where I fit with other runners because of how I prefer to run alone on my own time.
Rock and Road was a rewarding challenge. I mean, we were all there to prove something, me that I could go the distance nonstop. And just doing that was a tough novelty for me as the Dublin runner who has to stop at every junction (or die). Mental endurance matters when you just go. Think about the kilometres ahead and get disheartened. Think about your body and get out of sync. Think about the scenery and trip on a rock. All I thought about was how to keep up with the woman in blue in front of me and how to put one foot in front of the next to do that.
Bad footwork (overpronation) messed me up, although the experience has left me more aware of my own gait. With my left foot I landed too far forward, then pushed off the ground instead of allowing my lean and inertia carry me forward. By the final kilometre my left foot was numb. Gotta practice, gotta practice. :)
My next running goals are to run abroad in the sun, and then to complete a 16km road race as a step toward the half-marathon.