I have the one month jitters.
And lots of regrets.
Why did I think I could run 6.2 miles after not running seriously, for, really ever? I only started seriously running last April. I feel like I can run a 5K no problem, but dear God a 10K seems so daunting.
Well, I do know it’s humanly possible for me to run 6.2 miles, as I did last weekend—on the treadmill with a time of 79:00, and I only stopped twice to walk! (Which is a big deal for me haha.) But I’m already beating myself up so much. I won’t be able to do it. I’m going to have to walk more than I want. The course is hilly, and I hate hills. My time is going to be horrible.
I know in the back of my mind that this is my first 10K, and I should just be excited that I’m doing it and be happy with whatever my time is. This is one of the popular road races in the area, and I tweeted this last summer, two days after I ran my first 5K:
What was I thinking?
I’ve been trying to exercise three times a week, whether it’s running or riding the stationary bike in my basement. It’s been cold/snowy/rainy outside, so I’m using that as an excuse, but I know I have to be prepared for cold temperatures on race day. Maybe this weekend I’ll get out, or next weekend. Plus I probably should run at least one to two more 10Ks before the race.
But I need to look at how far I’ve come. This time last year I could run a mile. Now I regularly run three to four miles. I’m trying to work on my stopping to walk in between miles, even if it’s just a tenth of a mile.
I’m going to get a running belt before the race to hold all of my stuff. My friend who’s going to cheer me on is walking over with some of her friends and her dogs, so I’ll most likely be arriving at the race by myself. I don’t think there’s a bag drop-off/locker situation, so I’ll have to carry everything I need on myself. I think that’s one of the things causing my anxiety. ~5,000 people run this race, and there are that many and more to spectate. So it’s going to be packed. And I hate crowds.
The race starts at 1:00 p.m., and you can pick up your bib the day before from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or you can get it 9:00 a.m. to noon on race day. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. Realistically, to calm some of my anxiety, I might go the day before, so it’s one less thing I have to worry about the day of the race, and I can also scope out the area. I’ve been in the downtown area once, and I think I was a few streets over from where the race is run, so I’m not all that familiar.
My boss and one of my coworkers run the race, so I know I’ll have a bunch of questions for them leading up to the race, like the best places to park, what time I should get there, what to expect, etc.
It’s a St. Patrick’s Day race, and I know the atmosphere will be crazy, both good and bad. I know once I’m running the race I’ll be fine—at least anxiety wise. It’s just the pre-race that’s freaking me out, because after the race, I’ll find my friend and her pups and we’ll probably get a beer or two.
I did buy a green tulle skirt and tall green socks with beer on them from the dollar store to wear during the race. I’ll have to wait until it gets closer to determine my running apparel.
Questions for my running friends (or really anyone if you want to jump in):
- How do you deal with blisters?
- Have you ever gone to a race alone? If so, how do you handle the pre-race waiting/checking in/etc. by yourself?
- What do you normally have with you on race day?
- Best breakfast/snack options?
- HOW DO YOU RUN A 10 AND SURVIVE?!