I’ve never been much of a “race-runner”, so to speak. Before this year, I hadn’t run many races. In fact, I didn’t even save any of my race medals until 2014. I know……it is mind-boggling!! (Keep your pants on…..I now keep my medals!)
So back to the races…. Most of you know that I ran my first half marathon of 2015 a couple of weeks ago. It was my post-injury debut and the race went amazingly well. So well, in fact, that I’ve been bitten by the racing bug and have been searching for possible races to help in preparing me for my goal of running a sub-2 half marathon this Fall. While discussing the loveliness that is running/racing in the blazing hot Texas sun, a good friend suggested that I consider running some 10k’s as it could serve as speed work to help get me to that half marathon PR. Who am I to ignore good advice? (Please don’t answer that. But, hey, now is as good of a time as ever to start. (Now might also be a good time to point out that I’m a bit of a distance snob…15k and half marathons are generally the shortest distances I want to run. I really dislike 5ks, because you have to show up so early for a less-than-30-minute race….too much hassle! LOL))
I was able to find a small, local 10k which I will be running this Saturday. In the beginning (yes I know the beginning was only 2 weeks ago), I assumed this race would be a training run. Race day is fast approaching, which made me come to the realization that I need goals that will push me out of my comfort zone a bit. I didn’t have to think long (or hard) about what I would like to accomplish. I want to run a sub-1:00 10k. I know I can do this because it happened during training, except….it was before the injury (aka shredding) of my ITB.
Order of the Day
Now onto the important matter at hand. I’m going to throw my actual goal out there, but I’m also going to start working on my list of excuses should I fall short. Anyone is more than welcome to contribute, as the more excuses I have at my disposal, the better. 😉 As for my goal: like I mentioned – I want to come in under 1:00, but I would really be happy if I could come in anywhere 57 or less. (I’m not the best at being open about stuff like this, so consider yourself lucky!) I’ve typically not been one to run hard until I need to puke in race situations (OK, in ANY situation), but I’ve been inspired by my Twitter friend, Earl. He ran his first half marathon this past Saturday (1:33:39….KILLED IT!) and I know how he poured his heart and soul into that race! So Earl….if I end up puking my guts out – it will all be because of you! I will be sporting my sunglasses, though, because ain’t nobody got time to look at ugly race pics! 😉