I haven’t actually been running much lately. Between work, 13 hours of rehearsal every week, and trying new classes at the gym, I’ve been downright exhausted. I also tweaked my knee last week, so I haven’t been pushing it much. Obviously, now is not the time to try for a 5k PR. That being said, I’d like to have some concrete goals going in so that I’m not just paying $25 to run 3.1 miles.
- DON’T GET INJURED. I’ve had quite enough time off from running due to injury lately. A speedy finish time won’t be worth it if I have to take more time off.
- Have fun. Remember that I like running, and that I’m lucky to be running after so much time off this fall and early winter.
- Finish under 35 minutes. My slowest 5k last year was 36 and change minutes, while my fastest was just over 29 minutes. As long as I land somewhere in between the two extremes, I’ll be happy.
I’m very interested to see what will happen on Saturday. Honestly, though, as long as I finish healthy, I don’t think I’ll really care what else happens. I know I’m under-trained, and that I can’t expect miracles. I will have plenty of other 5k PR opportunities this year.
Now I just need to worry about the weather. This is supposed to be one of the coldest weekends so far this winter, with daytime temps in the negatives due to windchill! Yikes!
Have you run a race recently that you weren’t well trained for?
Is anyone else running a Valentine’s themed race this weekend?