Monday, April 4, 2011

Breaking into Elite Running

Shut the front door? Me? Elite? What?

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.


  1. Woo-hoo! Congrats you speed machine! Can't wait to hear about the race.

    Definitely don't psych yourself out -- easier said than done, of course!

  2. OmG! That is so exciting. Now I can say I know an elite runner running the shuffle sunday. Great Job!

  3. OMG you will crush this race. CONGRATS on the elite status!!!! you have a great bib number too :)
    thanks for the congrats- can not wait to get to chicago!


  4. Brit, what is your goal then? is an 8K 5miles?? are you going for a 6min pace? you go girl! so exciting!!!

  5. That's awesome! Congrats! I'm not surprised at all after reading about your crazy training schedule!