Dead Flat Last

Dead Flat Last is really what I do not want to be next Sunday. But I'm fighting a cold, have zero energy, feel like I've been hit by a truck and haven't run since group training last weekend.

The Plus Athlete has a good article about being last today and I'm going to remember what she said and not kill myself trying to get some unattainable time:
Dead Flat Last doesn't mean you ran any less distance, or trained less, or wanted it less than anyone else. It's not about your time. It's about the fact that you showed up in the first place, trained hard, and completed a distance most people would never even contemplate.

So no matter what, give yourself some credit. Give yourself a chance to finish.


  1. You won't be last. I'm positive of that. And seriously, don't start out too fast. That was my biggest problem in the first (only?) 10k I ran. A VERY nice gentleman stopped when he saw me standing by the side of the road DYING and said to me, "You started too fast but you will be fine. Just take it easy. Start again, slower this time. Don't let the excitement or the pace of others pull you too quickly. Remember your training. You can do this." So I started again after being absolutely positive I was already finished and I did do it. And I wasn't even last!

    But even if you are? I am so freakin' proud of you. What you are doing for cancer and for yourself... AMAZING. Thank you, Liz.

  2. I think Keri said exactly what I was thinking. You will rock it and remember, you will be setting a PR. Hello! Personal record here.

  3. I've been last more than once...it still feels incredible to cross the finish line. Don't discount that!!!!