I have two races coming up in the next two weeks (look at me being an overachiever this month. The 12 races in 12 months thing is going to happen this time. I can feel it) and I’m starting to feel a little nervous about them.
This weekend I am doing the Muddy Monster in Cedar Rapids. It is a cross-country style 5K, which should be fun. I haven’t actually done a not on pavement race before and I’m hoping that I’ll feel a little less sore after it than I usually do since I won’t be pounding so hard. I have fairly low expectations for this race. I’m confident that I can run the whole thing without stopping (always an effective race technique I suspect) but the weather people are predicting a 70% chance of rain so it could be slippery and cold out there. I will be running with someone who I suspect is faster than me so that should help my time but I’m still not expecting a PR. I’d like to be under 45 minutes though.
Next weekend I am doing the big race of the fall season: a 6 hour run called the Equalizer. The nice thing about this one is that it is in a park about 2 miles from my house so the pre-race stuff will be easy to deal with and it will be a snap for Mr.Monkey and the kiddo to come cheer for me. The hard thing about this one will be the fact that it is 6 freaking hours long. I did two hours on the course (which is basically just a two mile paved loop around a lake) last week and I think my race strategy is going to be walk 2 laps, run 1 lap and repeat and repeat and repeat as many times as I can. I listed my goal on the entry form as completing 17 miles, which is what the last place finisher last year did but I’m not so secretly hoping that I can do at least 18 miles.
My November race will either be a Turkey Trot 5K in Kansas if we go there for Thanksgiving or a Master’s swim meet. I plan to swim a lot the week after the 6 hour race as I suspect I’ll be too sore for much running.
December will probably be a Jingle Jog 4 miler and January might have to be a non-race month because it is awfully hard to find races in January in Iowa.
Should be a fun fall! (And by fun I mean nerve-wracking and hard and exhilarating and sore making…fun!)