- Since I've been a running slacker this week, a race may be just the thing I need this week to motivate my running.
- I haven't had a race since July, and this 5K is on the calendar as a way of jump-starting the fall race season, which will be relatively busy (I've planned for a 10 miler, 10K, 3 half marys, a 5K, and a partridge in a pear tree); see sidebar for race schedule.
- The race is first thing in the morning, and if I get up, race, and get home before 8 am, I will feel like I accomplished super things before the start of the day.
- I've raced this 5K before, so it's a chance to set a new course record.
- It's at 7 am, so the temps should only be in the 80s.
- I've been so tired this week, I would really like to sleep in tomorrow. And getting up early and preparing for a race seems almost silly when it's "just" a 5K.
- I have not been doing any speedwork lately, so I doubt I will PR.
- Despite being scheduled at 7 am, it will be in the 80s, and it has been so humid in the mornings lately (like my sunglasses fog over kind of humid) that I think this won't be the kind of prime weather conditions for racing.
- It's kinda spendy for a 5K ($30 on race day).
- I've raced this 5K before and the course is not great -- it doubles back on itself -- and the t-shirts are blah.
So, what'cha guys think? I have an equal number of pros and cons, but do they each carry equal weight in the decision? I just don't know. A huge part of me is saying "Why bother if you're not that in to it?" But another part of me says: " Jeez, Jess, you're such a whiner this week! Get your ass out there and race!"
Which part should make the final decision?