So I'm sick of having my "pee-5K" as my top post. It's been a few weeks and I've been able to move on from that. I will say that in telling my brother about the race he didn't stop laughing for literally 10 minutes. He also suggested I talk to his 3 year old, as she is learning to potty train and could give me some suggestions. Ha ha.
I'm over halfway to my 2012 goal of 1500 miles; at 790 as of today due to a lovely 11 mile run before work. It's become a habit to swap my long runs from Sunday to Monday. Way I figure is I have to get up on Monday anyway, so why not have two lounge-in-bed days on the weekend? Of course since I'm a respectable working person, my inner clock has my "lounge-in-bed" time up to 8 AM. Weak. I have a cousin who will literally sleep from midnight to noon if you let her. Have to get tips from her.
My next race is this coming Sunday - the BAA 10K (race two of three for the distance medley). Not sure how I'm feeling about this race. I've hit two of my three race distance/time goals (see right sidebar). I haven't run a 10K in over a year so I expect to PR, but deep down I'm not sure this race will be the one where I break 60 minutes. I think I have it in me to do so, based on current race times and training runs. Partially I'm remembering the crowd at the 5K and wondering if it will be the same (although this race is only on its second year and is not as popular a distance as the 5K). Maybe I'm still overthinking how I raced the Run to Remember. Although my 5K is more recent (and successful) a 10K is not a grab on and hold race, there's some strategy involved.
At the end of the day all I can do is get out there and race. I have goals of PRing (pretty much a definite), sub-60 (maybe...), and negative splitting. The last is a goal that I think is fairly important as I want to learn how to hold back at the beginning but also have the mental fortitude to pick it up at the end. I love that I've done several long runs (10-14) where I had to pick it up in the last 1-2 miles; it really does let me know that I have it in me to pick it up when needed.
I am looking forward to this race, but also looking beyond it - as the next day is my first day of marathon training!