When I crossed the finish line of the Zooma Annapolis 10K, the time clock screamed 1:14. I didn't know what my chip time was yet but I was hopeful that I squeaked out a PR by mere seconds.
I completed my first 10K in 1:13.
You can imagine my glee when I checked Facebook and saw that my time was 1:11. I had shaved two whole minutes off my time for a PR! I was floating on the humid air.
Then, a few days later, I got The Email. We, the runners, were misdirected along the course, which resulted in the course being a quarter mile short of a 10K.
I was disappointed — who wouldn't be? — but I wasn't upset. It actually made sense. It was a hot day. I stopped several times to take photos and at least once to walk the hilly bridge that was the turn around point.
I wondered why I didn't see mile marker three and why there were only two water stops along the course on such a hot and humid day.
No PR just made more sense.
I still ran a great race and look forward to running it again — and reclaiming my PR — next year.
To read more about my trip to Annapolis, by car and by foot, read my guest post for Drive The District powered by GM (General Motors).
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Thank you to the GM Northeast team for providing me with a Buick Encore (loved it!) for the trip. All opinions expressed are my own.