Saturday morning I’ll be running my second race of the year, the Jaguar 5k. This will be my fifth time running this race, making this the race that I’ve run the greatest number of times.
This race has a lot of special meaning to me. Its an annual athletics fundraiser for the school that I worked at for the first five years of my teaching career. Not only does running this race every year allow me to give back and assist with school athletics, but now that I teach at a different school participating in the race also gives me the chance to visit with old coworkers and some of the families whose students I taught.
I set my current 5k race PR last year at this race (30:33), and then a couple of weeks back during a training run set a new PR for myself (30:08). Until two weeks ago, I had high hopes for possibly PRing on Saturday. However, since I came down with a nasty cold a couple of weeks ago, my running pace hasn’t been what it was before I got sick. This past Sunday night into Monday, I also came down with the stomach flu. Although I ran last night, my pace was quite slow compared to what it was a couple of weeks ago.
I’ll still go out on Saturday and give this race my best, and will be happy with whatever I’m able to accomplish.
Goal A – PR and finish the race in under 30:08 (9:42 pace)
Goal B – Finish the race in under 30:33 (9:50 pace)
Goal C – Finish the race in under 31:00 (9:59 pace)
We’ll see what happens on Saturday!
QOTD: How often do you go into a race completely uncertain as to what you’ll be able to do on race day?