Here's the upcoming lineup:
- Nicolet Bay 5k
- Kings & Queens Half Marathon
- Chocoholic 5k
- Bellin 10k
Although I'm not feeling race ready yet, I'm hoping I'll get there in time to really race the Bellin 10k. So the next three races will really be opportunities to run hard and once again get used to the pain that's unique to racing. For the 5k races, my goal is to get progressively faster. I wasn't too happy with my time at the recent Adrenaline 5k so I would love to shave a bit off at the Nicolet Bay 5k this upcoming weekend. I think it's doable but a bit dependent on if I can shake my current sickness off by race day.
After last year's Nicolet Bay 5k!
If it doesn't happen this weekend, I'm confident I'll be able to race hard in time for the Chocoholic 5k. I do have a few reservations about this one though, mainly that I don't know much about the race and hope it is not one with a short course or mainly walkers.
I signed up for the Kings & Queens Half Marathon on a bit of a whim. It's not a distance I get along with but I thought the race sounds like a lot of fun. I mean, really, what girl doesn't love getting a rose and glass of champagne at the finish line? ;) I'm totes not in shape to race this distance so I'm planning to take it easy and treat it like a typical long run. And it will be way more fun than a typical long run because I'll get to run in a different area and with other runners!
And then there's the Bellin 10k. When I signed up for this race, I intended it to be my 10k PR attempt for the year. Last year's race had 13,185 participants, including pro running stars like Meb and Kellyn Taylor. The competition will be top-notch so I would consider myself lucky to place within the top 100 women. Since the race is still six weeks away, there's time to get in shape to make this a fast one. I know being able to race with so many fast people around me will also be a major benefit. I race my best when there are others running a similar pace so this is a great opportunity to PR.
So in between the races it will be work, work and more work. Glue miles, recovery miles, speedwork and hill work. Plus, I'm now able to do my favorite classes at the gym again so strength, plyo, core and more are back on the table. I have a feeling these next few weeks are going to fly!
My questions for you:
- What are your training and race plans in May?
- Do you ever sign up for a race with no intention of "racing" it?
- Do you prefer small races or large races?