I signed up for my first 5K on Saturday, and I am super duper nervous.
This sort of relates to my nervousness about the gym – in general, I have a fear of being places that I’m not “supposed” to be. So, like I am afraid of standing in the wrong place while lifting at the gym, I am afraid of participating in a race. What if I show up to early? What if everyone else is running with teams? What if everyone else who shows up is a member of a particular organization? For example, the race I signed up for is put on by the business school at my university – what if I am the only non-business student/professor there?
Now that I’ve signed up, though, I have to go. I’d also be too nervous that somewhere there would know me and then notice that I didn’t show up. Plus, the people I’ve told would probably be disappointed in me.
The good news is that I feel pretty prepared for the race. The weather should be pretty nice, and I have been running a pretty consistent 9:00/mile pace, so I think I will certainly complete it, and hopefully in under 30 minutes. I’ve also read a bit about what I should expect at my first race, etc. My only question I’m still trying to figure out – my training plan had me running 3 miles on Friday and 5 on Saturday. So do I run 5 miles Friday and the 3 miles when I do the race on Saturday, or not do the long run at all and shift my long runs by a week (there is another 5K built into the program later so this wouldn’t change much). It will probably depend on how my legs feel on Friday. I guess I could always choose not to do the 3 mile run on Friday as well and then shift my long run to Sunday? We shall see. It’s not like I’m trying to do amazing at this race or anything – it’s just a trial run!