Thursday, June 9, 2011

Psyching myself up and out

After a very rainy morning, the clouds let up this afternoon and I was able to go for a run, YAY.  I was so excited.  I wasn't sure I was going to get to run dry today.  Although I am thankful I don't live in the parts of the country that are busy having a heatwave.

Here are some reasons why I know my 10k next Saturday will be faster than the 55 minutes it took me to run it in today.

1. I will be running on city streets and not slippery mud.
2. I won't feel like my shoes weigh ten pounds each from so much mud caked on each shoe.
3. I won't have to keep pausing to get small rocks out of my shoes that were thrown there by mud flying off     my shoes.
4. I won't have a coat and hydration belt competing for space on my waist weighing me down.
5. I will be wearing my fast racing shoes, not my muddy Kayanos
6. I can run 5 miles in 35 minutes in a race, so another 1.2 shouldn't take me twenty minutes.
7. I always race faster than I train .. duh :)

Here is why I am freaking out about the 10k

1. I have NEVER done one.
2. That extra 1.2 miles could be killer
3. I want to do it fast, my goal is under 44 minutes (is that crazy?)
4. Did I mention I have never done one?
5. What if I have a bad day?  Aaack

Here are some cool blogger posts that are giving me some ideas to help me meet my goal :

1. Jim at 50 after 40 posted a great one called Don't Be A Follower  about running the shortest possible route.  Very helpful check it out if you haven't already.

2. Cynthia at Run, Dream and Laugh Out Loud did a great recap of an article she read on Mental Strength

I have inventory at work starting tomorrow and even worse we have to go in on Saturday for 2nd counts.  Yuck, totally dreading it.  I am planning to get my long run out of the way before I go in.  I warned them I may come in smelly and sweaty, but running is more important to me than counting inventory.  What do you think are my priorities misplaced?  I think not!

On a very fun note, I have several fun product review and giveaways coming up starting next week so stay tuned.   Also wow I  checked my blog this morning and saw I cracked 100 followers.  A little bit I feel like Sally Fields and her Emmy winning acceptance speech "You like me"

How is your day going?  Hope the weather is nice where you are! As always thanks for stopping by!


  1. you'll do great. 10k is an odd distance. i only race it once a year. you cant go balls out like a 5k, but you dont want to conserve like you would for a longer race. good luck!

  2. I'm with LB - you'll do great! I've only done 1 10K in my life, and I thought it was a lot of fun. It's not as much of a sprint as a 5K, but faster paced than a half marathon. I'd say it is my favorite distance to race now.

    I would just play it by ear on race day - my goal of any race is to try to fully exert myself evenly during the race and be fully out of energy at the finish line, but it is always hard to do that. I guess just try to run as hard as you think you can maintain for 6 miles. Wouldn't surprise me if you end up beating your goal and getting around 43 or 44...good luck!

  3. Don't freak out! You will do great! I've only done one 10k. I should do more because it's a fun distance.

  4. You will do just fine! Just do your best, which I'm sure is pretty darn tootin' fast! :-)

  5. Enjoy your 10K! I can't wait to see how fast you go.

  6. You're going to be so fast!!
    Just push it the whole time and you'll be fine. It will be over before you know it :)

  7. Good luck! You're going to do great. I've only done 1 10K. I thought it was great - long enough to enjoy the surroundings, not so long that you have time to realize how long it is. Although I'm much slower than you, so time is relative. Have a good time.

  8. You are going to rock it! Just go with it!!! it will really be over before you know it!!! We are here for you:)

  9. You will do great! I just know it!

    Sarah @ Thinfluenced


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