For my initial few years with the race, I used this race as my "A" shot at annual 5K PRs; interestingly, it has never provided me with a 5K PR. Then, for a few other years (the past 4 years), I ran it just to run it: I was either pregnant or just getting back to running post-baby and I had no expectations for time.
This year, however, may be a different story.
Since recovering from my string of autumn illnesses, I have been logging some of the fastest runs that I've logged all year. Last night, I ran a 3 miler in 27:06 (which was actually a slight disappointment since I'd been on target to run a sub-27 min/3 miler but had to stop and wait to cross an intersection, and I lost a few seconds off the run).
Thus, I think I may be poised to try and chase down my 5K PR (currently at 27:49) on Thursday.
Although just saying that feels like a jinx. Still, jinx or no, the conditions are ripe for a potential PR:
- The weather is forecast to be PERFECT: 58-60 degrees at the race start. To me, that is THE best running temp.
- Always in my favor with this race is my knowledge and familiarity of the course.
- My recent speed has boosted my confidence that I still have the ability to run fast.
- Knowing I have a cheering section at the finish line is a good incentive; I love having Jerry and the kids there to cheer me on.
I'm trying to quiet that doubter in me, though, and I think after 4 years of running this race "just to run," I'm ready to run a race where I try to leave it all on the course.
And, afterward, I'm gonna eat my weight in turkey.