It will be on January 23rd and I am starting to wonder if I will truly be ready.
Can I complete the distance? Yes, I'm sure I can complete it. I am running three times per week (two 3 mile runs and a long run). For the past several weeks, I have run 5 miles on my Sundays, finishing in a little over one hour. That extra mile to complete the 10k or 6.2 miles will likely be a slow one, so my projected finish might be in the 1 hour 20 minute range. That would rank me 312 out of the 313 that ran the Sun Run 10K last year. That is pretty tough, my friends.
The run is organized by a local community college's track team and a local running club. So, this is a pretty targeted crowd for runners.
Is this a bit foolish? It feels strange entering a race where I can somewhat accurately predict that I could come in last place. When entering local races, don't most of you wait until you feel pretty prepared to do decently?
I keep hoping that any day now, my pace will improve on my 3x/week runs. But it is not improving much.
Believe me, I am not feeling defeated. I am still a very big guy who, six months ago, could not run for more than 90 seconds at a time. Now, I am running for 20 minutes at a time...great progress. But am I jumping in to this too quickly?
Your feedback would be much appreciated.