Friday, February 28, 2014

If You’re Not First, You’re Last

Last Saturday, I laced up my shoes, threw on my skort (aka Chub Rub Loophole) and headed out to Woodway, Texas for a 10k race I had signed up for as my last official long run before my marathon.youth-commission-flyer-with-entry-form-2014

This was my first time running this course (this was the 3rd year for it, but I think maybe the first for the 10k portion). I didn’t see much in the way of advertising for it and with our local running group, Waco Striders, putting it on I assumed it would be a fairly small race. I’ve done a few races they’ve timed & put together and it’s usually for local charities, etc so the turn outs aren’t in the hundreds or anything.

I assumed correctly. There were 19 people running the 5k and 18 people running the 10k. For the 10k it was the 5k course looped. It went through a park and a couple little residential neighborhoods. I remember thinking, “Wow. I wonder if this is what it would be like if I lived in the city and ran.” Since I live in the country, most of my runs are done on gravel while being mooed at by cows.

I started the course telling myself to just go easy and enjoy the fact that this was my last long run. Alfred actually came to this race but Lillie did not. Typically he has to work so while I often offer, it’s really not a big deal for me to go alone. I assumed he wasn’t going to make it so I arranged for Lillie to stay with her grandparents. It was nice knowing he was at the finish line though and it probably pushed me a little bit harder to finish.

Well, either that or the fact that I was the last person to cross the finish line and the cops were trailing me.

Oh yeah, go ahead – read that sentence again. The cops were following me because I was dead fucking last.

 Bound for the Brave 10k results

If you’ve been reading for any amount of time, I always set at the minimum the following two goals for my races:

1. Don’t poop myself.
2. Don’t be last.

But you know, being last? Wasn’t that bad actually.

Probably because while I may have been last during this race, I actually dropped my 10k time by nearly 6 minutes! And it’s 10 minutes faster than my very first 10k I ran in 2012. I crossed the finish line with my head held high and crazy happy.  Bound for the brave 10k finish









The husband managed to capture me at my sexiest crossing the finish line. God bless him. My streak for having the “best” race photos continues!

I was thrilled to end my marathon training on this note. Even if it was the last note conducted on that day.

So, my next symphony, aka the marathon.

This Sunday.


I’m making my lists and checking it twice, thrice, wayyyy too much and I’m trying to ignore these giant butterflies that have gathered in my gut.

The Army Marathon  notified us that they have live timer at certain points during the race, so I’ve linked my facebook & twitter. Sorry for being that obnoxious person but my thoughts are – maybe someone will comment or text me when I need it most (at the wall) and I’ll take all the encouragement I can get.

Next time I post from here – I’ll be a marathoner! YAY!!

Until we run again!


Abbey said...


Abbey said...

So I've thought about this more.

And I freaking hate the phrase that you titled this after.

Recently I read about an olympic athlete who was just clearly ECSTATIC to win bronze. and in a conversation about "if you're not first you're last" I brought that up and it got HATED ON SO HARD. one girl said, "You don't train your whole life to get bronze."

And I already kind of didn't like that girl.

So I (internally, obviously, because I'm not sassy like this out loud) was like, bitch, you aren't spending your whole life training for anything. just MAKING it to an event you've been training forever for is a huge accomplishment AND YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU KNEW ANYTHING.

I have more thoughts. But I'll stop ranting on your blog now. sorry.

jaime said...

I hope you have the BEST TIME on Sunday! I'll be rooting for you and hopefully I'll be on twitter and can see your updates!!

I have never run a race that small! If you were in my area, there would have been hundreds of people and you would have been far from last!

Kate said...

I thought I had been running in small races, but that one? OMG. And I don't even think I'd EVER mention that you came in last. Shaving off 6 minutes is HUGE. And 10 minutes off your first 10k is HUGE HUGE HUGE.
That's super super major, and it makes me so happy for you!

I'm already starting to send you good marathon vibes. Wanna make sure you have plenty.

The Lady Okie said...

Yay! I'm glad I can stalk you during the race. GOOD LUCK!
Also, awesome job on a nice PR on your 10k! It is nice to have someone waiting at the finish line :)

Holly said...

I was gonna say that 1:14 is NOT a bad 10K time, so who cares if you were last?! But you kinda already said that :) Really, that's an amazing time, Tamara, and you should be proud of it!! You are going to ROCK that marathon tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holly said...

And you can bet that I'll comment in some way tomorrow :)

meg @ you're meaghan me crazy! said...

I think my favourite part about running was that it wasn't ever about what place you finished but about your personal best! or personal good. or personal meh.
doesn't matter about any other person out there except yourself.

I'm sorry your marathon didn't work out. us Canadians know how shitty it is to have something cancelled because of weather. can't say I have ever had something this important cancelled, but I feel your pain. there will always be another marathon for you to rock though!!

Lacy @ Running Limit-less said...

Wow, that is a small race. Even though you came in last at least you didn't poop yourself. :) I can't wait to hear about your Marathon and know you will have fun and do great. I really loved this post probably because you are so straight forward and honest. That is the best kind of read!