I ran the free, informal, monthly noontime 3K race around the Tidal Basin on Wednesday. This short, furious race is a humbling experience.
I finished the 1.86 miles in 13:25 (7:12). I was pleased because I sliced 27 seconds off last month's time. I ran hard. (Left: L and G, two co-workers, ran the 3K with me this month.)
I was 36th out of 49 runners, a bottom-half showing as usual. A seventy-year old beat me. Eight other runners over the age of 50 beat me. Two women beat me.
Of the 13 runners I managed to finish ahead of, all but two were in the masters category. I beat two octogenarians, a septuagenarian and three sexagenarians, one being a woman. I held off three other women. (Right: Bill is still racing at age 84.)
In all, I beat one man under the age of 43. Sigh.
This is not a race for anyone with a self-esteem problem.