As a Skirt Sports Ambassador, I’ve been asked to write about my most “real” race ever. And I have to tell you, every single race was real. Every single race was the most real race ever. Every single race has taught me something about myself.
The races where I sailed to a strong finish taught me that I may not be the fastest or ever win even my age group, but that I have the ability to cover the distance I’ve set out to do at the pace I wanted to run. These are the confidence building runs.
The races where the weather did not cooperate taught me that I will not melt, that a little hydration goes a long way, and that it’s better (for me) to be slightly overdressed than the alternative. These are the “lessons learned” races.
The races where I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad race are the races that have shown me just how tenacious I really am. These are the races where I find that last remaining bit of mental fortitude to get to the finish line. These are the races with the worst numbers on the clock, but that make me feel the proudest just for finishing.
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Every single race is a challenge. Every single race is real.