Today I received my confirmation email for the Shamrock Shuffle 8k for this upcoming Sunday. When I opened it I almost had a heart attack. ELITE CORRAL??? FOR REAL??? ME???
So this race is the largest 8k in the world, registration closed at 35,000 runners this year. There are some pretty amazing runners who venture to this race because of the flat fast course, por ejemplo...Deena Kastor holds the American women's 8k record on this course with a speedy 24:36. Super fast right? People like her start in the elite corral, and apparently they start next to average runners like me...who will be coming in about 8 minutes back from Deenas record time.
This is big new for me and I feel nauseated just thinking about being considered fast enough to start alongside elite runners. I mean I have always thought that I was kinda-sorta-a-wee-bit-fast, but never elite. Today my small little world of recreational running for wellness and self-achievement has turned into something slightly bigger. I feel honored, nervous, crazed, and excited all at the same time to be considered one of the luck handful of folks that show up for my favorite race as an "elite" runner.
Yikes. Whoooooooa. Eeeeek. That is weird to say.
While I attempt to wrap my head around this insane new, I also need to remain focused on my upcoming May goals. This weeks marks 11 of 16 in my training cycle for my upcoming half marathon.
Monday: 8 miles on the treadmill at 1% incline
Tuesday: 16 miles progressive
Wednesday: 8 miles easy recovery
Thursday: 8 miles at a steady state pace, strides
Friday: 8 miles easy, strides
Saturday: OFF, EXPO day
Sunday: Shamrock Shuffle 8k
Nothing crazy this week in the plan, about 60 miles without any craziness. Main goal for the week is to keep myself focused (and remain calm) for Sunday and show up to the line strong, speedy, confident, and well prepared without a taper. I'm not worried, as I have forgone a taper several times in the past and raced my way to some PR's. Big note for me is to heed my hubby's advice to "not psyche myself out crazy" which I have a tendency of doing. Dually noted hubs.