Before I tweaked my quad and foot, I had planned to set some goals for the Jiggety Jog 5k on Saturday. Then, the 20-miler happened, and I was feeling discouraged and not sure how badly I might be hurt, so I put this post off. After a few days of rest and recovery and a positively transformative hot yoga class yesterday, I’m feeling about 90% today, which brought this post back to the forefront.
Last year, this race fell on my actual birthday, and I set my current 5k PR of 28:55, which was the best possible birthday present I could have gotten. It’s been almost exactly a year since I set that PR, and I must confess, I’m hungry for another. I haven’t really been training to run a fast 5k, but I’ve been running more and longer than I ever have before, so it’s not out of the question.
HOWEVER–I need to remember that my goal race for the year is the Vermont City Marathon. My first, and likely only marathon. So I need to get there healthy and uninjured. Based on these last couple of weeks of training, my shoe issues, and the fact that my foot still isn’t 100%, now is not the time to go gunning for a 5k PR. I plan to start conservatively and see how I’m feeling, but if the stars are aligned and I’m feeling good, I don’t plan to hold myself back either.
So really, my main goal is to enjoy myself. This is my favorite race–good course, amazing volunteers, and awesome post-race food. It’s all about the fundraising (click here if you’d like to contribute–I’m almost to my goal!) and remembering my Gramma Pat.
Are you racing this weekend? Do you have any goals?