Race day eve!
Saturday, May 28, 2016
It is raining. Pouring, so much rain. I have accepted the fact that I will be a drowned rat tomorrow and I'm ok with it.
Tomorrow is my first official 10K race and I've got the normal ("what am I doing?!", "10K is far, what was I thinking?!", "YAY my first 10K!") thoughts running through my head. I had the same thoughts when I signed up for my first 5K.
I did get out for a long trail run this week. It felt good to get out to my favourite trail and clear my mind. Running has become my new form of meditation and I find after a run I'm more focused and I have zero stress.
I was really happy with the first hill, it's a killer and for the first time I made it up to the top without slowing to a walk. It's a long, steep, winding hill and when you see the crest it's such a great feeling.
On the way back I got to my nemesis at the 6K mark. I stopped and looked at the stairs, today is the day I will run them. Ok, maybe not. They are very steep, long, twisted steps and I had already rolled my ankle twice on the run. If I slip running up the stairs and miss my race I will a very sad panda so I decided to play it smart and walk up them. Taking note to each twist and steepness, next week I want to push myself and start running these.
At my market last night I met someone who had run an ultra-marathon. I was in awe, I can't imagine being able to do that. I had a great talk with her, it was so motivating. Afterwards I felt excited about the race. We talked about trail running and getting ready for a half marathon. I told her the one I wanted to do and she highly recommended it for my first one. We talked about interval running and she gave me great advice.
But first, I run my 10K in the rain. I can do this!!