I am still very new to running and racing in many ways, but sometimes I forget that I have only been running since June of 2010. Because after having run 33 race in less than two years, I have experienced a lot of both good and bad on race day: side stitches -yep, unexpected PR's -yep, inexplicably wretched runs -yep, rain, heat, wind, cold, humidity -yep, malfunctioning timing equipment -yep, malfunctioning - Garmin -yep. Now, that is not to say I've seen it all. I haven't, nor do I want to make such a claim. My point is that as you run more races, you understand that pulling off a perfect race for both the organizers and the runners is really an amazing accomplishment. As a runner, I am aware of the huge amount of effort to race organizers put into a race. And, I hope that the understand how much time and effort runners put into attending their race. As a runner, I can forgive just about any unforeseen problems that might arise on race day, with the exceptions of course miscalculations. The first time, I ran a race where the course was short, it was part of an event that was incredibly disorganized and was the culmination of a really lack luster effort on the part of the race organizers. I was not expecting course problems from The Cary Road Race because it is an event that has been run for nearly 34 years, and take place on a course that is defined by it setting on greenway going around a large pond. The race make use of two public streets, which are clearly marked for the race.
A while back when this happened to me at the Free to Breath 5k, my frustrations boiled over because it was a culmination of series of lapses on the part of the race organizers of the event, but this time I just felt disappointment because I had run a good race and had been looking forward to breaking my 10K PR and not setting a new standard for my six miler. But, I am learning quickly from these races that I can only control myself and how I run, and sometimes not even those things are really under much control. I still have a hard time forgiving course errors and will most likely not run this race again, but rather than get overly frustrated by the error, I was able to move past it and take some pride in knowing that I still ran really well.