Thursday, April 1, 2010

Countdown to Harry

2 more days until my first ever race Harry's Spring Run Off 5k 

How am I doing?
I'm a mess! 
What was I thinking? 
Honestly? ME running in a race?? 
Oh and did I mention I'm doing this by myself? No running buddy, No running group support. All Alone. 
It was crazy enough to think that I could teach myself to run BUT to actually enter a race? 
Well too late to back out now ... 
The past few days I have been really second guessing myself. Spending too much time reading Fellow Bloggers 1st time 5k race reports, and all these ladies had amazing first time results coming in under 30minutes... WELL that wont be me, maybe I'll be able to outrun the Turtles? 
Monday I ran 3km on the treadmill in 27minutes. BOOO!!
Wednesday I ran 2km on the treadmill in 17minutes. BOOO!! 
Wednesday was also the day I picked up my 1st EVER Race Kit.

The Race Kit contained a New Balance Technical Shirt, which I must say is really nice, good quality and fits me really well and LOVE the colour!!
There was also my Race Bib Number: 4264 ... 26, is my number!! It happens to be my Birth day!! HOW freaky is that??
There was also an Oasis Fruit juice sample, an iRun Magazine and some pamphlets for races   around Ontario.  
Notice the 10k Sportinglife race pamphlet, YUP that's my next race... only 1 months away. Which means I still need to finish what I started in December 09 the 13 week run/walk program.
BUT right now I need to concentrate on Harry, Saturday @ 11am I will running my first Race EVER!! !! 
Planing on walking Harry tomorrow,  so I can get a feel for the race course. Maybe that's a bad idea... maybe it's better not knowing what's in store. 
OH, I'm also wearing a Hydration belt on race day... I know it's only a 5k BUT I get parched!! Plus they are calling for 77F/25C and that's HOT for me I need me some water. How do you feel about that? 

So my Friends I ask you this today;
Do you have any race day tips for me?  


Lynn @ Life, Health and Fitness said...

Ohhhh, I love getting race kits, so exciting!!! The color of your tech shirt is awesome. :)

My advice to you is to eat a decent breakfast and don't worry about your time. Just enjoy it and savour that moment when you cross YOUR FIRST FINISH LINE!!!!!!

VeganLisa said...

I'm really excited for you! The first race'll have a new Personal Best time. Enjoy the experience - it will be nice to remember the first time you crossed that finish line with the sound of the cheering crowd.

Stacey said...

My advice is have fun! Don't worry about your time..this is your first race...enjoy the experience! Good luck. You will do GREAT!

Rio said...

Enjoy the experience! It will be a PR (personal record) no matter how you end up doing, which is pretty nice. Your training has prepared you. Just have fun!

marie said...

Don't eat anything different the night before.
Get a good night's sleep.
Don't forget to pee before the start. Seriously.
And, um, I hate to break it to you, but there's a big, mother lovin' hill at the end. Walk it if you have to.
Enjoy the race. High Park is lovely and it's going to be a GREAT morning.
And I'll stick around and cheer you on ;)

ajh said...

Go to the bathroom as late as you can so you don't think about it during the race. Don't eat anything new in the morning or very much.

Lex said...

I LOVE the shirt!! (I am biased, I love green)
I know you are going to do fab!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!