So far this off season I have been fighting. I have not been fighting to get my workouts in, instead I have struggled to keep them under control. I got so used to the long hours associated with the season that spending thirty quick minutes to workout feels almost comical. But its in the plan I am following, it will get me to the start of my next season. I know this and I am working to stick to the plan. Most importantly what matters is that I am resting, healing and overall having fun.
In the vein of fun I have an interesting challenge this weekend two 5k running races, one day. I am sure my triathlete hardened (yet still a bit squishy) body can take the stress of two back races in less than 24 hours. The two races are slightly spaced out. The first race will be ran Saturday at 8 A.M. This is the 5th of 6 races in this series, I have ran them all so far. This course has a hill or two and finishes on a fast down hill. My best time so far has been 39 minutes on this course. The second race occurs on Saturday evening/Sunday Morning at 1 AM. The idea is that as you run the clock goes backward and you finish before you start. Kitchy but great fun. I ran this race last year as my second 5k ever and I loved every minute of it. There were vendors and music and food. This year its promising to be even bigger and better than last year. The course is moderately flat and basically looping around a mall.
Like everything else, I am just stressing a little bit, this is new territory. Should I strategize or just go all out on the first race and then run whatever is left for the second or should I go for a smooth and reliable pacing strategy that will ensure I have some extra gas in the tank for the second race? As I said, this is new territory. Right now I am leaning to have a good solid run in the first race then go home take a good nap. Follow the nap with packet pickup, dinner and a movie. I should be good and relaxed and hopefully would have stretched through out the day to keep loose. Then I will take the second race by ear and see how things feel. If worse comes to worse, I run it slower, at best I get below 40 minutes. Regardless, should be fun!! Til next time.
What is the most challenging race(s) or race experience you have done?
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