I eased off the pace. Got my breathing back under control. And the epiphany struck: I don't need to run at any particular pace or register any particular time. All I need to do is run at the speed of fun.
The practical side of me won out this time around, so I won't be traveling to the TransAlpine Run this September to write about the race. This year, the focus remains on getting married and other new life endeavors. I'm not hanging up the hat for good on stage racing, however.