HEY EVERYBODY!! Just before 1pm today we finally get to bid this seemingly never-ending winter farewell. IT’S SPRING! Even the forecast for the next couple days seems to be doing it right:
All the better to melt whatever remains of the snow and ice on the trail and turn it into a disgusting, muddy mess for my 15K on Sunday. This was the Saltmobile on Monday morning when I went outside to leave for work.
That’s just so not right. It’s also not right that after those three, pretty, sunny, warm-ish days the temperatures are going to dip back into the 40’s for the next week. 40’s is better than teens though so I should probably shut my face.
As I said, the White Hall 15K is this weekend and to be honest, I’m totally freaking out. This is the race that was supposed to go off earlier in the month and much to my excitement was postponed because of the onslaught of bad winter weather around here. This postponement was a wonderful gift and now everything was going to be PERFECT! But no. Now there has been a lot of melting since the random-pain-in-the-ass St. Paddy’s Day storm which I’m worried could lead to twisted ankles and total new shoe ruination on a sloppy trail. Then of course I was optimistic that the extra two weeks would give me some more time to heal and obviously I did a really good job of letting myself do that by running like I stole something in my race last weekend. Resting: You’re doing it wrong.
The worst part though – besides the obvious issues I’ve been talking about ad nauseam on here so I’ll spare you any more – is that I feel woefully under-trained. I ran my longest distance since February 12 on Tuesday: 6.2 miles on the treadmill. It wasn’t terrible. I finished strong, was able to walk afterward, and the fact that I consider something like that to be a big win is pretty sad. Anyway, I’m not sure how adding an extra 5K on to it would have worked out. I guess my only option is to go into this race with zero expectations, take it easy, and don’t do anything stupid.
Actually another option would be to not do it at all, but that’s not even an option so moving right along…
It’s not all doom and gloom!
There is a silver lining that I was reminded of this by my friend Amber at PB & PRs and her recent instant-PR 10 miler. No matter how I finish, this race will be a PR because I’ve never done a 15K before. I have nothing to compare my time to. It’s also nice to know that once I’m totally healed up – because I WILL be back to 100% hopefully sooner than later – it will be easy to beat myself.
I’m choosing to be optimistic. (I’m a coffee bean not a carrot.)
Start time: 8am.
Predicted start temperature: 37 degrees.
I guess I’d better not pack those running tights into the back of my closet just yet. Ugh.
Have you ever gone into a race feeling like you were seriously lacking in the training department? Are you as excited for spring as I am!?
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