I Am Slow

A few weeks ago I ran a 5k as part of a fundraiser for some friends. I perpetually have the goal to get under 20:00 but have never done it.  My best yet is 20:06. This course ran through fields and forest so I knew I would be slow.

Near the end I came up on some kid, low teens I would guess, running ahead of me.  He seemed so bothered that I caught up that he sprinted ahead.  And then he ran himself tired and would walk.  I caught up.  This happened twice.  The third time I caught up to him was at about the 1/4 mile to go mark, when I normally push it. I said “OK pal lets get” and started running hard.  About half way to the line he caught me and passed me.  I finished about 15 feet behind.  He collapsed and I walked over and gave him a fist bump.
My overall time was in the 22’s. So I was not proud.  But what really got me was that 10 years ago I could have smoked this kid.  I could actually notice how much slower I have gotten over the years.  My stamina is at an all time high, but I really am slow.  I knew it would happen.  And to some extent I have felt it even before now.  But it was really strange to feel it so quantifiably and in the moment.  Getting old sucks.

About Josh Rutstein

I am an aspiring entrepreneur and hopeful political candidate. Father of 2 very special girls, husband to an amazing woman, and passionate American. I snowboard whenever possible and follow a 20x mentality for exercise. I also play golf and ultimate frisbee and am a die hard New England Patriots fan and season ticket holder. Everyday I wake up wanting to make this country a better place, someday I hope to actually succeed.
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2 Responses to I Am Slow

  1. Jim says:

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. Getting old is a state of mind so you’ve got to snap out of it. Consider increasing your mileage during your training so when you do your next 5k—it’ll be a lot easier. Also, throw in some speed workouts here and there. You’ll be able to catch and beat that kid next time.

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