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Friday, June 19, 2009

Racing Weekend.

Awwwww hell.

I have a race tomorrow. And it's not a trail race or a marathon. Which means, I can't just go out there and pussyfoot around... I've got to actually push myself out of my comfortable 10 minute mile pace. Ugh. Furthermore... it's a Grand Prix race. And it being the second to last Grand Prix race left for the season, I've got to push myself even harder than normal. Dammit.

I hate pushing myself.

Tomorrow is the RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival (if you're not from around these parts, here is your translation: Cheap, sweet cola and Marshmallow-y cake-y candy bar thingy festival). They have a 10 mile race every year to kick off the festival and this will be my first time down there. Apparently, the course is marked by a pretty decent hill and the blazing hot temperatures. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning, no? God, we're all a bunch of idiots.

Here's the deal... It's been forever since I've actually raced a race... so, I have to admit, I'm kind of looking forward to it... not the race, mind you... but the results of the race. My experience with 10 mile races is almost non-existent. I ran one 10 mile race last fall, the weekend before the Chickamauga Marathon. I finished that one in 1:31:51 (in perfect fall weather conditions, mind you). Which is a 9:12 minute mile pace. This time... obviously, I'd like to finish under 1:30. My kick ass goal, however... would be to finish around 1:28, 1:27.

We'll see what happens. I think it's still wayyyyy too early to tell if this base building training I've been doing the past month or so is adding up to faster times. I don't think I'll fully see the results of that till this fall, but, it would be nice if I were to actually surprise myself with a half-way decent time.

(Also... I have a race of sorts on Sunday as well... I'm participating in a Beer Mile race. This will not be a race for me as much as it will be a puke fest. I assure you, that race report will be exponentially more interesting than the Moon Pie race.)


Anonymous said...

Good Luck at the race. Just go and have fun, it's too hot to run a great race anyway (for me that is).

J said...

I have heard about the beer mile...good luck with that!

Hope the 10 mile race went well!!

Chris said...

I'm anxious to hear how you did! I don't like pushing myself either. It hurts... :-)

Your Beer Mile race sounds like a Hash House Harrier event. You might like that group if you don't already know about them. Be careful!