So the RunGarioch 10k is on Sunday and it’s actually quite ridiculous how pumped up I’m feeling for such a (relatively) small race. To me, it feels like my first ‘proper’ race of the year; which is also quite ridiculous since the 5ks I did in January and February were clearly proper races. But since this is the first road race of the year for me and a distance that requires a bit more focus, it feels like my 2011 race season is finally on the go.
I’m also excited because two of my friends are running it too; Ian and Donna, who I’ve been out running with recently. They are two other people, alongside myself, who’ve caught the running disease pretty hard recently , with some gentle encouragement from Ultra Mike (who, incidently, has started a running blog of his own over at ultramiker.blogspot.com – follow him for news about the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series and to read about his training for the ‘blue riband’ of Scottish Ultra Running – the West Highland Way race). The last few races I’ve done I’ve felt pretty isolated rattling around the courses by myself, but knowing that I’ve got pals close by on Sunday will be motivating…as will the full-on feast of a Sunday Lunch and beer at the Red Garth we’re planning for a celebration afterwards 🙂
I’m literally chomping at the bit to try this new race. I’ve been studying the course on Google Streetview for weeks, mapping out the hills and planning my pacing strategy. I’m aiming for 52 minutes – three 9m (ish) miles, two 8m30s miles and one 8m blast with a 0.2m sprint from hell on the end – the finish is downhill. My big thing is going to have to be keeping my pace down at the start – 9m miles will feel slow but I’ll go with the hills and speed up when the momentum carries me. My 10k personal best is 54m 47s, and that was a product of random, uneducated training without any focus on speed intervals/hills/tempo runs or anything more than…”I’m going to go and run 4 miles today”… “I’m going to run 5 miles today” etc etc. I didn’t even keep track of my weekly mileage last year, all I knew was that I wanted to run.
So I guess I’m hoping the last 6 months of learning about running and training methods will pay off and I’ll have a new personal best to conquer come the 2011 Baker Hughes race in May. If not, then I’ll learn what I can from the experience but I’ll be disappointed. I feel strong; the strongest I’ve ever been, and I am ready to blow the HELL out of this race.
[source] – (AP Photo/Erik Hill – Anchorage Daily News)
I feel like these dogs. That’s going to be me on Sunday afternoon!
So for now I’m planning my race play list. I’ve burned my ears out on so many of my old favourite running tracks and artists that I’m finding myself listening to increasingly bizarre music as I run. Katy Perry’s Firework has been stuck in my head for the last few weeks (for shame…I blame it being on repeat on the gym stereo) and the lyrics sum up what I want from the race, so I reckon I’ll put it in to coincide with the 9th kilometre or something.
You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July
Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y
Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe-awe-awe”
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It’s always been inside of you, you, you
And now it’s time to let it through
*sigh* Rhona; do not pass go, do not collect 200 Goth Points, go directly to jail and hand in your Goth card as you’re a big lame sauce GIRL who likes mainstream GIRL music. Rest assured chums, it will be sandwiched in between healthy chunks of Fear Factory, Machine Head, Static-X, C/A/T, Nachtmahr, Front 242 as per usual. But you’ve got to mix it up a bit sometimes 😛