This week is goal week, and its interesting that there is a bit of a buzz at the office about The Around the Bay Race at the end of March (one weekend before the shipping lanes open for spring).
A co-worker while at a local Bridal Show for her upcoming wedding saw the brochure and brought it back to the office, and ever since its been a topic of conversation. (By the way it stares at me on my desk). Surprisingly she and a couple others have even stated that they might be interested in doing the 5k, which I think is fantastic and is starting to really make me look forward to it and the spring.....here comes the problem....
Is doing the 30k to lofty of a goal?
I know, I know---doubt...fear...all those things...just jump in right? NO, I am trying to be smart about this but is the caution warranted? Is it an excuse or is it too soon? I know it wont hurt my ego if I start the training and cant finish. Lets say I can't finish the training...the money spent to register does not bother me. Then, what is it?
Okay, I know myself... finish the training...whoooo hooo...get out there....spend all that time training....knee starts to act up....foot starts to act up (during the race)...will I stop is the question? Did I come through all the training to stop/quit...I DON'T THINK SO!!... this is a huge problem and I know its the way I think. I wont stop, just like I wont waste my food (one reason why I am fat). Its me...start...I must finish. Its the way I am programmed. That's why I do fat so well...really I am a perfectionist!! :)
Next problem...by no means can I run fast or do I think I am competitive in my age group but...and I mean a big BUT....I am competitive!!
Can my attitude cause me to do more than I am capable of (during the race or will it break me)? And why you ask, do I care? I can't be last last...I just can't. Yes its a victory to finish but not the kind of victory that pleases me. If I wanted to participate, I can participate on my Saturday run. Marathons..races etc. are exactly that...races!! Yes they are cloaked as non-profit events but if it wasn't important there would not be bibs, times and or rankings. Otherwise it would be...lets all walk for charity!! No, its a sport and competitive one...I respect that.
A friend recently told me to KISS it. Is this the solution...thoughts?
PS I had the same question KISS=keep it simple stupid
Why do I do this...
Why? To be better...
1. I promised (only a few people will know what this means, and if you don't, you will).
2. I am better than this.
Santa Race November 25, 2012
5k 30:51 min/sec 6:11 pace per km
Boxing Day 10 Miler December 26, 2012
16.09 k 1:42:22 hr/min/sec 6:23 pace per km
Road 2 Hope Half Marathon November 4, 2012
21.1k 2:16:41 hr/min/sec 6:27 pace per km
Road 2 Hope Marathon November 5, 2011
5k 34:18 min/sec 6:52 pace per km
Around the Bay March 25, 2012
5k 32:07 min/sec 6:26 pace per km
Burlington Runners Good Friday 5k April 6, 2012
5k 31:22 min/sec 6:22 pace per km
(Garmin Race Time 5k 31:12 min/sec 6:14 pace per km)
Imperial Glass 4/8K Grey Cup Run November 26th, 2011
4K 26:55 min/sec 6:44 pace per km
Non Race Personal Bests
2.4km 13:19 min/sec 5:31 pace per km
July 17, 2012
5k 28:13 min/sec 5:40 pace per km
Nov 15, 2012
10k 1:02:25 hour/min/sec 6:15 pace Aug/29/2012
Challenge Start: July 18, 2011
Start Weight: 286 lbs
Current Weight: 208 lbs as at November 11, 2012
Total lost: 78 lbs
Goal Weight: 197
Last Cigarette: June, 2011