Well, sort of. My next race on the calendar is a 5K this Friday evening. The weather predictions are quite favorable, I’ve planned my work schedule out to not be delayed in getting to where I need to be on time, and the after party of the race has me legit excited.
Then, I spent part of my lunch break watching this…
And I got all the goosebumps and butterflies of excitement. It’s funny how people who run paces you have no hope of ever hitting for distances that seem impossible (for me) can inspire you to get off your ass and run. That’s how I’m feeling right now, inspired.
I did some research and while the 5K spread on Friday isn’t very big (it looks to be approximately 500 entrants, teeny weeny), I think I have shifted my focus from trying to just go sub-22:00 and instead go all out for my age group. My legs have been feeling extremely strong, the last two weekends of all day soccer have demonstrated that. I know if I play my cards right with my runs this week, it’s feasible to walk away with the top spot. It’s a lofty goal, I know. I think I can do it. My BOMF 5 Miler 5K split was 21:37 with a significant hill. This course is fairly flat, as I have stated. So, in my favorite fashion of setting goals for a race, here are my ABCDs:
A) Win the 30-39 F age group
B) Run a sub-21:00 5K
C) Run under 22:21 (my PR)
D) Stay under 23 mins
Normally D is to just get a race over with, but I think I am seasoned enough with the 5K to know I’ll definitely finish. That’s more for 10 milers or half marathons where the distances leave more room for epic mistakes. Anyway…
Will I make it? I have no fricken idea. But as the week moves on I know I am going to get antsier and antsier to be at that starting line. And it helps there is going to be a plethora of delicious beer to enjoy regardless of the outcome of my race. ;)