Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fear of the 10k

Today I finished signing up for my remaining races of the year. On my schedule is a 5k in December. It is a holiday run and I am running it with friends to celebrate my birthday. I love holiday runs as the atmosphere is more relaxed and it is the only race that I even consider dressing up for.

This year we chose the Winter Classic 5k in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The course is supposedly, flat and fast which is a bonus as I hate hilly 5k's. My PR for the 5k is over a year old so I am hoping to get a new one, but since I am in the middle of marathon training, we will see how it goes.

Now, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I cook everything and my whole family come over for a late lunch. Before I spend my day in the kitchen, I sneak out for a Turkey Trot.

This will be my 2nd year doing the Thanks 4 Giving race in Lowell, Massachusetts. Unlike last year though, I am doing the 10k instead of the 5k. Ahhhh!!!!

If I had to choose one race distance that I dislike the most, it is the 10k. I chose the 10k this year because of this fear. My last 10k was over a year and a half ago and it went amazing. I was first female overall and ran a pretty good time of 45:59. You would think this would have convinced me to love 10k's but the actual race itself was so not fun.

I hate 10k's because you have to run so fast and hold onto it for so long. The 5k feels like a sprint, but as soon as you start feeling it, you are done. The 15k and half marathon, you get to settle into a slightly slower fast pace; this is not fun, but it doesn't hurt as much. The 10k leaves no margin of error. If you go out too fast, you are really going to be sucking wind and your pace will show it at the end. I am the Queen of going out too fast, only to see a pace at the end that irks me.

I have read that the 10k is a good indication of how marathon training is going. I am fearful that my 10k won't show my hard work, but it is time I give it a test. My only goal is to PR and to be still standing when I cross that finish line in order to pick up my free pie. I will not put too much emphasis on the actual time as I still plan on running my normal training runs leading up to it, therefore I will be running on tired legs.

So here I go, facing my racing fear. And luckily I get to end my Thanksgiving with Black Friday shopping so whatever the result, it will be quickly be forgotten as I participate in my 2nd favorite hobby, shopping.

Are you afraid of racing like I am? Do you have any tips on calming my race jitters?


RunCupcake said...

I have never run a 10k - and I think subliminally it may be because of exactly what you said!

You want to run fast because it's a short race, but too fast and you die at the end.

Good luck speedy lady, I"m sure you'll be great!

Suz and Allan said...

I've never run a 10K but I think I get what you're saying. The 5K is so fast and the 15K is more like a mini half marathon so I feel like the 10K could just be awkward.

You're going to do great I'm sure!

Teamarcia said...

I agree with you 10ks are tough. But I've run my best ones during or right after marathon training.
Good luck and have fun! You'll be great!

Jessica Washburn said...

Well I'm a newbie, I've only done three 5k's a 4.2 and one 10K. I loved it, but maybe that's because I set the bar so low. I was super happy with my time. I'm sure you will kick it's butt. Just don't take yourself too seriously, running should be fun!! :D