Kudos to all of you who started and finished my race report on the Staten Island Half Marathon. The verbosity probably look longer to read than actually running the race. (But if you think it was long to read, just imagine how long it took to write…) Yes, for those who are new, I do have a tendency to write extensive race reports. So a word to the wise, the next time you come across another race report of mine, make sure you have some time to kill and a cup of coffee, because you’ll probably be here for a while…
But still, my race report on the S.I. Half was very lengthy even by my own meager standards. Question is, how did I let it get so long? On the one hand, it was completely unintentional, as I spent more than 8 hours over two days writing it even though I originally thought I’d be done by the conclusion of the last football game that afternoon. On the other hand, I think it was subconsciously completely intentional. One of my close RBF’s, Irish Cream, in her comment to me the previous day completely read my mind when she said “I keep wondering if you’re ever going to reach a point where you are so fast it is simply not possible to PR anymore!” The truth is, after about 5 minutes of personal celebration that day, I couldn’t stop obsessing about that exact question the whole way home. On the one hand I was completely delirious from running my best half ever. On the other hand, I couldn’t stop wondering if really will be my best half ever, forever. I wasn’t sure how that question should be answered at the present time, but just in case this will be the last time I run a half-marathon PR, I wanted to record ever sentiment, every image, every inspiration I drew from my friends and the crowd that day, for posterity’s sake. That’s the real reason why I kept writing and revising that race report long after I didn’t really care to share so much anymore.
In my experience, the length of the race report is generally directly proportional to the importance of the race experience for me, even when sometimes I don’t realize it before it’s written. In that case, I hope I get more opportunity to write long race reports.
Does anyone else dread big PR’s because you’re afraid you’ll never able to run that fast again, or am I just being weird because I’m fearful of my own age and speed?