Tonight's run for the 5k/10K group was:
- Run a mile nonstop
- rest 60 seconds
- Run a lap - rest 60 seconds (repeat this part 4 times)
I ran sloooowww tonight pampering my knee. There was twinges and tingles but I kept it under control and it was frustrating to do so. I just want to heal quickly and if that means being a snail until then, then so be it.
Meanwhile, speedster runners were lapping me like crazy. At one point I was in the 2nd lane and letting the fast ones pass on the inside so they wouldn't have to pass around me. A female runner yelled loudly "TRACK!" as she passed on my right. As soon as I came in to my 60 second rest I asked others what I did wrong. "Nothing" and one coach apologized that happened to me. When I got home I read the Track Ettiquette guidelines we were give HERE and saw that I wasn't breaking ANY of the first four rules that would warrant being yelled "TRACK!" at. I wasn't walking. My pace was slow (between 12 and 13) but I was NOT walking. Still, how humiliating it was having a seasoned fast and fit runner calling you out when you are doing your best and thinking you were helping, not hindering.
As I came in to my last 400 lap, I noticed there was no one else behind me or running on the track. I was the last one? REALLY?? Then I noticed that I couldn't find 4 of the other women in my group cooling down OR stretching any where. Did they already leave the track? I noticed one of the two men I had been watching was gone too. Then it really sunk in - I was THE LAST ONE IN with my snail pace average of 13:02. I don't get it. We have people in the 14:00 + pace groups on the weekend. I saw a lot of my group walking at one point or another (I never did) and I remember lapping two or three of them (but didn't notice them lapping me after the first turn of the first lap); but they were done before me? I have NEVER come in last in anything before. Even though I am injured, and even though this is not a race, it still struck me very hard.
Then I remembered......I may have been the last one coming in tonight....
but I lapped every single person that was home sitting on the couch.