This Saturday I’ll experience another first in my running: I’ll complete a race that I’ve previously run. Saturday I’ll be running the Jaguar 5k, which is an annual athletics fundraiser for Falls Church High School, the school I taught at for the first five years of my teaching career. I’m excited about visiting with several old coworkers and friends, as well as running on a course that I am familiar with.
The Jaguar 5k course is relatively flat, with the exception of one steep hill about halfway through the course. I can’t wait to run this course again, and of course, strive to finish faster than I did last year.
My current 5k race PR is actually from last year’s race, when I completed the race in 32:24 (10:26 min/mile pace). Although I’ve been focusing on increasing my speed over the past couple of weeks, my fastest runs have been treadmill runs, which of course don’t include the added challenge of running outside. But you know that I’m always up for a challenge, and will be pushing myself as hard as I can on Saturday.
Goal A – Finish the race in under 31:07 (10:02 pace) – my current treadmill PR
Goal B – Finish the race in under 31:51 (10:15 pace)
Goal C – Finish the race in under 32:24 (10:26 pace) – last year’s finish time
QOTD: How do you approach races that you’ve previously run?