today i run belgrade “white cross” running race.
it is an 8km (8 x 1km loop) over a hilly snow and ice route.
i thought this was a recreational run with 100s of runners.
i planned to run it easy and then proceed with my usual sunday long run.
only at the start line, some 30sec before the start, i realized that this is a serious athletic competition.
there were only 30 or so elite runners, all psyched up.
national level runners from serbia and surrounding countries.
my thought was: fuck! i will be lapped like five times.
i was in my training pants, i almost had an ipod, i had training shoes and i just came out of a 90km week.
even if i wanted i could not keep up.
i noticed one guy who also made the same mistake and i said hi to him.
it was good i was not the only dork.
the race was fun but i was lapped already on 3rd lap and again on 6th lap.
the judges could not imagine i was so slow.
they kept telling me i am on my last lap twice but i kept saying: sorry, more laps to go.
most of the race i could not even run properly but had to stay away from the path so elites would pass me.
the path was super narrow and i did not want to ruin their experience.
i did not want some national champion telling stories how some dork (me) ruined his win.
i had fun though.
i think i was not last, one or two guys were behind me.
the race was ultra hard, the snow was super bumpy and very hard to run on.
i managed 20km today.
80km in last 7 days.
feeling a bit tired.
on the other side of the globe conrad stoltz won the first race for triathlon team.
good luck to angela running miami half-marathon.