I’VE GOT RACING ON MY MIND
Oh, hi there! You caught me daydreaming. With all of this training, training, training, and more training, I’m kinda thinking I’m ready for a race. This is a tough spot to be in. The training plan we are following is so specific that every dang run is a key workout. It’s all a carefully calculated plan to help me deliver a top-notch performance on game day – June 17. But, all this work makes me want to have some fun. I’m ready to feel nervous for a few days. I’m ready to be too excited to sleep the night before a race. I’m ready to wake up race day morning and not be able to eat because I feel like I’m going to vomit. Yes, ALL of that sounds good to me right now.
So go race you say?
Easy enough but there are a few risks involved here. First, I could go all out on race day which would theoretically translate to a successful day but by doing so I could make my training more difficult for the next several days. Would it be the end of the world if I couldn’t complete a few key workouts successfully? No, probably not. But, it would mess with my head. Then, of course, there is always the risk of injury when you are pushing yourself. I would really hate to put in all the work I have over the last 4 months only to come up lame because of a silly little race
that I wanted to win.
With all of those things in mind, this is probably what will go down: My friends at Champions for Charity are hosting a cute little 5K at my kids’ High School on Mother’s Day. Last year was the inaugural year of Ready Set Fly. This race is a fundraiser for Project Healthy Schools. It was a fun race to take part in. I felt like I was supporting the school, a great program, and my community…….and then this happened:
on Saturday May 21st, 2011
successfully completed the
Ready Set Fly 5k
Official Finish (Chip) Time 26:30.9
Age Group Female 40-44 Finish: #1 Gender Finish: #10
Overall Finish Place: #44
What? Who? Me? 1st in my age group? Are you kidding me? At that time I was running pretty consistently with my friend, Beth. Right before the race she told me I was going to win my age group. I’m sure I rolled my eyes (’cause I’m really good at that) and said something like: “You’re crazy.” Of course, it was a small race so my odds were better but still. Who woulda thunk?
But. Now. The pressure is on. I would love to come in 1st in my age group again but I would also be happy if I ran the race faster this year. I know I can. My 5K PR is 24:13. I snagged that one at the 2011 Holiday Hustle. Again, running with Beth.
She wanted to run the thing with all her heart and about 2 seconds after the gun went off, I decided I might as well just chase her. The problem with that strategy for Ready Set Fly will be that I risk above mentioned injury or burn out for a few days after.
So, if the running Gods are reading RRR (Run.Rise.Repeat) they will allow me to run a race faster than last year, not get hurt, and come in first in my age group. I don’t think that’s asking too much. Do you?
Finally, to those of you that have said I’m too thin, blah, blah, blah:
Those are not The Stubs of a woman who is underweight. Sorry, hope you weren’t eating lunch ; )