Yesterday afternoon I received a pleasant email confirmation for next weeks Shamrock Shuffle 8k.
How out of 40,000 runners I managed to score bib #67 boggles my mind. Maybe this seems like no big deal to others, but to me this is kind of an exciting thing. I've never had a bib number so low for such a large race and always thought that the lowest numbers were reserved for the special super-fast and more serious runners. Maybe it isn't such a big thing, but this just adds to my race excitement.
Random race thoughts:
Feeling fairly prepared.
Even though last week was pretty much a wash for me as I was taken out by the flu, I'm still feeling fairly confident with all the work that I have put in so far this year. Thus far I've run 605 miles for 2012, where the majority of them have been of a fairly great quality. Feeling that my fitness level has grown in the past few months where I'm feeling pretty physically and mentally strong. With each focused workout accomplished I feel like I am building up solid walls on top of the sturdy foundation I spent the winter months building.
Ready to race like a champ.
This is a newer feeling for me. I haven't always had that deep down desire of getting out on a race course with the intentions to race like a fighter, but in the past several months I have had this insistent urge to push myself physically harder then I ever have before. Most races I've ran in the past my goal has been just to race myself, but now I'm suddenly feeling the urge to chick as many men as possible as I run through the Chicago streets next Sunday and ride my edge. Running with a silly grin on my face most days where I just feel so blessed to be enjoying this time of athletic greatness in my life.
Loving the vulnerability.
My mind is strange and I love that I have put out this great expectation for this race which is making me feel quite exposed and out of my comfort zone. Not really certain where my fitness level puts me right now, and I am kind of enjoying this as it makes me want to continue to push myself to see what kind of results I can pump out come May. Feeling like a sweet new PR is just lurking around the bend for me waiting for me to hunt it down.
Dying to wear my new flats.
These kicks are pretty snazzy and I'm ready to rock their world.
Tomorrow is a planned key workout to see where I'm at pace wise for the shuffle, hoping to put in a fair amount of race paced 400's. My goal right now for race day is to hold a steady 6:20 pace, which would put me right around a 31:30 finish...just quick enough for me to ride my edge.
Who else running the Shamrock Shuffle 8k next Sunday and if you are what are your race day goals?
Anyone toeing the line dressed in festive garb?