I took the Score First concept to heart this morning as I started my first race of the season. Pacers Running stores held a Earth Day 5k in Silver Spring, MD, and I was one of the participants. I started the race with a friend, but within a couple hundred yards it was obvious my pace was too slow for her, and we ran at our own paces. It was at that time that I remembered that the O’s must score early and first in order to be in a better position to win. I made sure that I did not stop because of that concept. I’m not sure my stopping would have affected my time as my time was atrocious, but it would have affected my psyche. I didn’t stop throughout the race because I wouldn’t do it in the beginning. I was determined to not stop, and that was one of the accomplishments of today’s race. It was my definition of Score First.
It was also a gorgeous day for a race! Besides my time, and my stride, which needs a lot of work, it was a great way to start the running season. I just need to work harder; I need to channel my inner O’s.