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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The date is fast approaching; my 5K race is on Sunday morning!

This is only my second race ever (the first being this same race that I ran last year). I'm really excited for it because I remember it being a really fun experience last year, but I've got some serious nerves happening here too. I guess this is because I put some pressure on myself by setting two goals for the race;

1. Lose 5 lbs by race day
2. Complete the race in under 30:00

Looks like I'm going to be close to the first goal. Tomorrow is my official* weigh-in day (*totally arbitrary day of the week that I chose would be my weigh-in day) and this morning I was down a total of 4.5 lbs, so hopefully that holds. It'd be nice to lose the full 5 lbs but heck, 4.5? I'm not going to complain!

The second goal makes me a little more nervous. Last year I had the same goal and came really close to achieving it with a race time of 30:05. I have successfully put in 5K practice runs in the past couple weeks in which I got times around 29:00 but these included a minute of walking. I was hoping that the under 30 min goal would be achieved with running the whole thing too.

Thinking back to last year, I ran a lot faster than I thought I could/would at the race with a lot less pain than I thought I would. I guess my last practice run that I did on Monday this week made me more nervous because, I while I completed 5K in 29:20, it nearly killed me! It was a sweltering hot day and I felt like I was wheezing for the last 0.5 mile! I'm just hoping everything comes together on Sunday so that I can give it all, achieve my goal and still have fun.

I think today will be my last run before the race because I would normal run Mon, Thurs and either Sat or Sun. My running buddy is going to come into town Sat afternoon and we're going to pick up our race packets, grab some dinner and go for a nice long walk to keep our muscles moving but not tire them out. Hopefully picking up our race packets the day before the race will help us on race day.

Last year we ended up starting in the back of the pack and had to do a lot of weaving around those walking the race and I think that really slowed me down. This year we can start a bit closer to the front and hopefully find others with our pace. Last year I had a friend who is a serious runner doing the race with me for support and she acted as my pace car. This year it will be just us newbies running so we're both really nervous about trying to pick the right pace!

Anyway, over the last week I've learned how important sleep is so in the days leading up to the race I'll make sure I get a couple good nights of sleep and fingers crossed that all goes well on Sunday!!

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