Race Day

Saturday is my race at Elk Ridge. I am feeling nervous, but I don't have the same expectations I did when I ran Color Me Rad. . .

For some reason before Color Me Rad I thought that even in a race I would be able to find some space and just run. I pictured myself running and it looking EXACTLY like it does when I go for a run at home. Me and a bunch of wide open space. What was I thinking? I don't think this race will be as crazy as running Color Me Rad, but I am preparing myself to be running along side other people! Hopefully this will prevent me from feeling like elbowing anyone!

Then when I got to Color Me Rad I forgot how hard it is to run. For some reason I thought there would be adrenaline flowing and I would just find a groove and be gone. I actually imagined it being easy. Even though there might be a bit of adrenaline flowing on Saturday, I am still going to have to pump my short little legs, force oxygen into my lungs and repeat to myself over and over "I can do this" just like I do EVERY OTHER TIME I run!

Lastly, I really got myself hung up on getting a personal best at Color Me Rad. I do have a goal to finish this race under 30 minutes, but my personal best of 29:12 may be broken another day. It is going to be the coldest I have ever ran in and there might be hills. . . and I haven't ran on any change of incline since August at the lake (Martensville is Flat - yes with a capital F - and no, I don't want to run up mini mountain to mix it up).

I think with my new set of expectations I will be able to have fun - or at least I hope I'll be able to!

Comments

  1. Elk ridge is definitely hilly. Tough course. Good luck. Enjoy the fall colours.

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  2. It's enough to make finishing the race the goal. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Good luck!

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  3. Hope it went well!! :) Can't wait to hear how you did! :) I'm sure it'll be better than CMR! :)

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  4. Thank-you Anonymous for letting me know about the course and reminding me to enjoy the scenery! I needed to hear those things before and a couple of times had to remind myself to soak it in while running. So glad you commented!

    Dianne, I also needed the reminder to not put too much pressure. I actually enjoyed the run even when I knew I wasn't going to get a pb.

    Dani - WAY better than CMR!

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