I have pre-race jitters… and it’s only a 10K!
I’m running in the Lone Gull 10K on Sunday with Vivienne (and a half dozen coworkers). Most of what I’ve read about having a good race talks about cutting back on your activities prior to a race. Allowing your body to recover from the battering you’ve given it as you train. It’s called “the taper.” I don’t think you really have to taper for shorter distances like a 5K or 10K, but I did plan only 14 miles of running this week leading up to the race, and I’ve already run 15.6…
I ran Monday through Thursday this week. I’ve been trying to get used to running faster (I’d love to finish this thing in under an hour). Running hilly courses. Running when it’s hot. Running when all I want to do is quit.
But now it’s Friday night, and the race is 37 hours away. According to plan, I am supposed to quit now. Give my muscles a chance to incorporate all that I’ve done this week… to learn from it. To harden. Grow stronger.
I didn’t run today, and I’m not planning on running tomorrow… which feels like way too much time on my hands.
I know I should let it go. Trust the training. Let my body do its thing. I did over 21K six days ago, it’s not like this is out of reach… but the sub one hour finishing time I have in mind is a challenging goal for me. I’m worried about going out too fast, about not having enough left in the tank at the end.
Enough dwelling on things I can’t control, though. I think that right now is the perfect time to get in a nice long stretching session.
We’ll see if I can avoid going for a run in the morning!
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