I’m racing the 5k at the Penn Relays this Thursday. I’m so excited to get on the track and race and it’s especially exciting to be doing it at the Penn Relays! I am not planning to back my training down as I am preparing to race the 5/3 River Bank Run on May 9th which is the US 25k championship race this year. 25k is the longest race I will have ever run and I need to be ready for the distance so that means the 5k at Penn will mostly likely be part one of a two or three part workout.
With all that being said, I’m sure racing instincts will take over when the gun goes off and I’ll run as hard as I can. I think Ryan (coach) is a bit concerned that I haven’t done any speed work and I’ll be discouraged with the potential of a slower time, but I’m entered in the race and I want to run! I’m hoping I won’t be bothered by a slow time and I’m hoping even more that I won’t run a slow time, but we will see.
Philadelphia is only a three hour drive down the road and compared to most of the races I run, it’s practically in my backyard. I’m just ready for some fun! I’m going into the race with a low pressure attitude and so many of my current and former training partners, coaches, and teammates will be there to support.
I’ll spend the rest of the weekend at the Penn Relays cheering and just having a blast at an amazing track meet! I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say about how it will all have gone in next week’s blog.
PS: Congratulations to my training buddy Dan Craighead on his PR at Boston (2:27.53!). Dan is awesome!
I love this time of year! The trees turn green, flowers pop out of the ground, the sun warms the days and there seem to be track meets, road races and fun runs every weekend.
Winter makes me feel like I need to travel across the country to find other runners. Indoor meets are full of energy but it feels like a secret event because you need to know when and where to find them and you might never know they exist from the outside.
But right now runners are EVERYWHERE! I love it! I couldn’t drive through town on Saturday because the road was blocked for a race that I didn’t even know about.
I’m not the greatest track fan that ever lived but I do love the thrill of competition at any level. I appreciate a good race and I love seeing people out there running and racing. This time of year brings everyone out and it’s just fun!