Friday, January 7, 2011

Ready to race (x2) tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning I'll be running two 5k's. Actually, I'm running at the Super Bowl XLV 5k, and I'll be using that race as my entry in the Freeze Your Thorns Off virtual 5k. This will be my first race of 2011, and my first 5k since October.

In a way, I feel a bit unprepared for this race. Here's why:
1. I took ten days off from running while sick with the flu over the Christmas holidays, and I've only been back running for about a week and a half since then.
2. I only learned about the Super Bowl XLV 5k a few days ago, and registered on a whim (why not? It was only $10, and I get a great long-sleeve t-shirt and a chance to win tix to the Super Bowl!)
3. No course map available for the Super Bowl XLV 5k - ugh! I feel like I'm racing blind without being able to scout the course in person or at least on Google maps ahead of time. I know this really shouldn't bother me so much - it's not like I'm not going to have a crowd ahead of me to follow :).
4. No past year's results to check out for the Super Bowl XLV 5k. I always look at past year's results to get an idea of what to expect in terms of size of the field and runner's abilities in my age group. I know it changes from year to year, but I look anyway.

On the other hand, I'm feeling great today and the weather tomorrow morning is supposed to be pretty good for racing (assuming the rain holds off until tomorrow pm like it's supposed to). I've had a hard time setting a time goal for this race, but here's what I've come up with:

» Finish under 30min - This means I decided to take it easy and just be happy that I got out and ran and took a chance on winning some Super Bowl tickets.
» Finish under 25min - This would require a good amount of effort.
» Finish under 24:22 (PR) - I'm still wondering how I managed this time back in October. If I did it once, I can do it again, but it would be a very good time for me.
» Finish under 23:30 - A very challenging goal, but anything can happen on race day.

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