You read that! I have decided to get my race day jitters taken care of BEFORE my big race! I have been thinking about it for a while now, and with just about 2 weeks left, this is my last chance to do it. Since I have never been in a race before I am really nervous of running with a bunch of people! I don't want my deep dark issues to come up, if you don't know I hate being passed, it kind of gets me down. I really don't like running with people if they are running right in front of me, it flat out discourages me. SO I am planning on this Saturdays race to be my first official race, to help with a little anxiety issue. I know I can run the whole thing, so I think my goal will be to stick with a 10:30 pace or less. I think this goal is acheivable, and I don't want to set myself up for anything that will get me down. I also have never ran this route, which includes a lot of hills, and hills can slow me down. Do you have any advice on how to overcome the fears that go with running slower than other people? I am also just praying that I will SLEEP the night before. This will be interesting and soooo helpful to know what to expect for the BIG race!
On a side note.... I went for a run this evening. I did a run by my house that I am familiar with, but it includes a hill that I am kind of scared of, "two for one hill." I thought about that darn hill just about the whole time, doesn't help! I kept trying to think of other things that would distract me, but I wasn't full of energy and felt a little over worked on this run. By the time I got to the hill I tried to slow down a little bit, and then my good friend and neighbor drove by! That kind of helped distract me for a minute, and then before I knew it the first hill was done. "Two for one hill" is 2 hills with a little flat stretch in between, and it is just about 1 mile in total length! I named it "two for one hill" because if you can get up the first hill, then the second one just comes as a bonus, it is a little bit easier. SO of course the second hill was pretty easy and I re-gained speed for the home stretch. I got back, looked at my Garmin and am not sure what happened but I think it is BROKEN! I can't believe the numbers I am seeing! IT SAYS I RAN A 9:35 PACE! BUT I RAN UP THAT BIG HILL!?!?!??! So never the less I am sure somthing is wrong but I will say, I feel like a superstar right now, so I am not going to do anything about my garmin. If it is broken, then I will just enjoy the numbers and thinking I really am getting faster! WOOT WOOT!
Stats: 3.5 miles
9:35 min pace!!!!
Alright I will let you all know how my test race goes on Saturday! Please send any advise you have! I love it! Thanks to Jill as well for sending me some bloggy friends! I love having friends!