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Signing up!

One of my goals this month is to sign up and run a race and today, I signed up for a race! It was scary but exciting and it’s… THIS WEEKEND! It’s a 10K which I think will be the perfect starting distance for me, more on that in a bit. It’s a fairly local race that has a great cause that means a lot to me, as it is a tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and first responders. B is a first responder and I’m excited to support this cause and run this race.

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 4.49.16 PMI looked over the course and it seems relatively flat and runs through interesting areas that I haven’t run through before, so that should take my mind off running and make it fly by, I hope. I know my goals for the race are to finish and hopefully will be done right around an hour. I know I need to stay relaxed and enjoy myself instead of racing, but I am competitive so we’ll see how I feel.

Why did I choose the 10K distance? I thought about doing a 5K, but I know myself and know I would run too fast in that short of distance right now. I usually dislike 10Ks because they are a difficult distance to race but I knew this would be just far enough for me to start out and not push myself too hard during the race.

This race has both the 10K and Half Marathon option and after I looked at my training, I thought that this would be a perfect starting point. So far this month I’ve ran/walked 30 miles and have been feeling good though I am pretty sore after my longer runs. All my running lately has been roughly 3 miles to 45 minutes which takes me to right about 5 miles, so another mile should be just long enough. I also am going to do an hour run this Wednesday and that will be a good place to see where I’m at before the race on Sunday. Unfortunately, B is working so he won’t be able to come but it will still be a lot of fun and I’m kind of glad I can go alone and do it for myself and take some time to myself to reflect on the race after.

I think this will a great place for me to start and even though I’m pretty nervous, I’m really looking forward to it! Here’s to the first race post baby this weekend!

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  • Reply lucky13

    Congrats, it will be amazing. The 10K is actually my favorite, not ’cause I have the strategy down, it is hard for that, but it’s a solid distance that warrants a little training and enables you to race healthy, even if you haven’t been able to get a ton of training in. I’ve been using it as a gateway to longer distances and I find it teaches me a lot about myself and what I think is a long-distance pace. If I feel like I am going to die by the time I get to the finish I know I need to reevaluate my half-marathon starting split. It’s not so easy that I can just roll out of bed, but not so hard that I’m worried about injuries, finding time to do LONG long runs, etc. Have fun with it!

    January 18, 2016 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Jess @ Jess Runs ATL

    I ran a “run to remember” in Boston last year while I was visiting and it was a great race! Good luck and have fun!!!

    January 19, 2016 at 4:15 am
  • Reply Janice

    Good luck on your race!!

    January 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm
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