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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

Christy Perros

successfully completed the
Ready Set Fly 5k

Official Finish (Chip) Time  26:30.9
Pace:  8:33/M

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. 

Festive, huh?

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:

Whoa, not my most flattering photo. Why I have the guts to post this on the blog I have no idea.

 

 Those are not The Stubs of a woman who is underweight.  Sorry, hope you weren’t eating lunch ;  ) 

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One Comment Post a comment
  1. You rock. I love and admire your guts.

    April 26, 2012

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