Friday, September 28, 2012
I'm a long distance runner. Shorter distances are harder for me to do. The only time I ever do a 5K (3.1 miles) is the annual Cancer Research UK Race for Life. It's not really timed and it's for a great cause. I never have to worry about being last because there are thousands of women doing whatever speed they want.
When I sign up for a 10k (6.2 miles) it's has to be for a good reason. Most often they are to help me with my speed for marathon training. I do them but I don't enjoy them. I work super hard running them and yes it hurts! (mainly my lungs!)
Here I am two days away from a 10K race. Sunday 30 September I will be running the Preston Guild 10K race in Preston, Lancashire, England. Just a short distance from where I live and I've done it twice before. I know the course, and can run it in my mind right now.
But running it in my mind will only cause my stomach to go queasy! I know the narrow start line, the run through the center of town and then the loop through again and out to the park, the down hill and left to the footpaths/cycleway along the tree lined broader path, then out to the far end, along the road and back through the park over the river and back up and down a narrow path before heading back up the killer hill out of the park to the town center again and the run in to the finish line.
SREECHHHHHHH! I'm stopping that tape, I'm tossing it.. and I'm going to erase what I know of this race. There is no sense in getting myself all worked up about it! That will only cause stress and stress is not what a runner wants before hitting a start line. I'm going to run with joy!
Therefore...I'm looking at this as the first time doing a 10K. I'm going with the excitement of achieving a goal. I will lace up my shoes with the vision of getting my finisher medal/shirt and wearing it proudly! I will be able to check off two of the four races I need to complete in the Preston Guild 2012 Series of Races. I will look forward to the bling I will receive when all four races are finished. OH yeah..... I LOVE the BLING!!!
The pictures I've chosen are very special. The first is my very first race...the next is me crossing over the finish line of the race I'm going to do on Sunday in a new PB time. the next is my finisher shirt for that race and the final picture is my 10th marathon medal collected at the Liverpool Marathon a year ago and the one I will be running again in just over two weeks for marathon 11 in six short years!!!