Day 729: If You Don’t Succeed at First…

… you obviously need to try again. Like I wrote earlier, my Ekiden 5K wasn’t the best I could do. Yes, I do need to admit that the marathon was still inside my body and possibly made me slower but I wasn’t satisfied with the result. I had to try again. And quick. Sunday, April 21 offered a nice opportunity to make things right again. 3.2 km in the Kadriorg Park. That’s the place where the president’s castle is but I think she doesn’t actually live there. She chose to stay in her own home instead when she was elected. Anyway, it was the 3.2 km race in honour of Estonian Defence Forces that made me go there. And the president was there as well. Saw her arriving. Saw her warming up on the track. Even saw her running. (I’m faster though).

But this day wasn’t about our president Kersti Kaljulaid, although she is a wonderful and smart woman. This was about me and patching up my confidence. A short race, over in 12 minutes and 31 seconds, meaning that my average pace was 3.54 min/km. Which is good, considering the slightly hilly trail, the gravel stones on the road, and my tired legs (two races in row after all!). I didn’t receive any prizes, however, the award-winning 3rd spot was only 10 seconds away. I let her past me somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd kilometre. I simply couldn’t go any faster. But I didn’t really care. I got what I came for. Confidence. Soon, there will be a 3000-metre track race. I know I can run under 12 minutes. I already did in this race. And the track is completely flat, fast, enjoyable. I shall be ready. My legs won’t be tired. Can’t wait for the track day! May 8, it will be.

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

Sunday, runday, funday. Yet another visit to friends’ place (after the race). They almost live in a house. OK, they live in a house but they don’t own the entire place, just part of it. But they have their own yard and their own sauna house. Nice. They’ve managed to make the best of a small space. I felt encouraged and inspired. Could we have something like this soon?

2. Write AND publish a book.

A long day in Tallinn. Even woke up there. A night at the office. Not the best place for sleeping. Obviously, it was a no-writing-today day.

3. Win a major race.

I didn’t win a race but I did prove something to myself. And that’s the most important thing to do. You can see some race photos on my Instagram account. Do visit and follow!

Photo of the Day

Visiting. River Pirita. On a walk.

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