This past weekend was another race weekend - the Cougar Mountain 10mi, the third in the Cougar Mountain series. This was definitely a "boogy man race" as after about mile 5 I was checked out. This was also a good reminder that the mind does tire before the body. The race started OK - 168 of us lined up in the tall weeds at the starting line ready for the countdown. I went out fast, probably too fast (that's my downfall) and was leading the pack for the first few miles. Then it hit me - I was tired. My mind started spinning with my to do list and the desire to be done and stretching - enjoying watermelon and diet coke. Skipping to the finish line mentally during a race is rarely a good thing.
I wound up getting 3rd woman and 31st overall. Not great, not horrible.
All in all, a good learning experience.