Past her reticence, past her self-criticism, Amanda Goetschius had to deal with reality on Saturday morning next to the WaterWalk.
Several stark reminders served as the starting points. A medal. A finish line. A winner’s check for taking first in the River Run women’s 10-kilometer race.
“I don’t think my time really shows how good a shape I’m in or how well I trained,” Goetschius said. “I’m still pleased, I just think I could’ve had a better time.”
Goetschius, 24, finished in 37 minutes, 52 seconds for an easy victory over Manhattan’s Julie Thornton, 32, who finished in 39:08. Wichitan Rachel Renken, 22, finished third with a time of 39:33.
“I heard this was a good event, a competitive event,” Goetschius said. “It was really put on well.”
Goettschius, who works at a running store in Norman, specifically picked the River Run as her first traveling race since completing her career at UNC Charlotte in 2012, where she was All-Atlantic 10 and All-American in cross country and track and field.
“There wasn’t anything too unexpected about the race itself,” Goetschius said. “The guys went out quick, which I was expecting and not trying to keep up with, then I kind of settled in.”
Fans along the route gave her a good idea of where she was in the race as she went on.
“There were a lot of people on the course, so I got the feeling from the crowd that there hadn’t been a lot of women coming through yet,” Goetschius said. “The reaction of the crowd helped me out a lot as far as knowing where I was.
“I was able to kind of gauge their reaction so I wasn’t trying to (over-exert) myself trying to finish. Regardless of my time, I’m happy with how it turned out as far as being my first time traveling to a race in a couple of years.”
Andover’s Deborah Torneden, 53, won the women’s masters with a time of 40:42.