Friday, February 29, 2008

Gearing up for tomorrow's race

I'm getting very excited and nervous for tomorrow's Truffle Shuffle 5K. Last night I picked up our packets at the designated place. My number for the race is 1810. I looked up the year 1810 on Wikipedia and not much was going on. About the most excited thing that happened in 1810 was Beethoven composed Fur Elise.

There are a lot of good 5K tips for beginners on RunnersWorld.com. I'm grateful for the advice, because I really have no clue what I'm doing. Here are the big things I have learned:

1) Start toward the end of the pack.
2) Don't eat a big breakfast. There's no need to carbo-load for such a short race.
3) The day before, rest. Don't train.
4) Pace yourself. It's likely that you'll run a little faster than normal, so keep it in check so you don't burn out.
5) The goal for your first race should just be to finish. Don't have high expectations.

All good things to know, especially the one about breakfast. I wouldn't want to blow my biscuits all over the place for my fellow runners to step in. When I read I shouldn't work out today, I was heartbroken, truly.

My dad will likely be attending, so I'll gently ask him to interact with technology and take some pictures. If I get any good ones I'll post them. Wish me luck!

1 comment:

rmalawy said...

Good luck!!! Can't wait to see some pics!