This is so true - when we run a race, especially a full or half marathon, we have our official "chip" time, and then we have our unofficial time, i.e., the time we think we really deserved.
You can tell when someone is talking unofficial time, because they say things like: "Well, I ran that marathon in 4:15, but I really ran it in 4:05 because I got a cramp and had to stop for a minute at mile 10, then I had to pee at mile 15 then, I stopped to tie my shoe at mile 18. So technically, I ran much faster than 4:15."
Usually the issues that slow us down are:
- toilet issues
- weather (wind, heat especially)
- mental anguish
- painful blisters
- "I'm sick of this *&!$ and want to stop"
But the list is truly endless.
When I ran my first marathon in January, my chip time was 4:03. But I like to think my real time was under four hours because I had to stop in the dookie house (urban name for porta potty) and that took at least 3:02. Then on my recent half marathon, if had just not crapped my pants, I could have done a 1:50 instead of a 1:52. I am sure of it.
If you start listening closely, everyone does this. Me included.
So what's your story about how much faster you could have done your race if only....???