Friday, March 23, 2012

Flashback Friday: What Race Jitters?

It seems every other blogger I read is writing about pre-race nerves or taper madness or some other such running-induced psychosis. Here I sit, with my first race of the year tomorrow morning. My first trail race ever. My first 10-K in almost three years.

Sure, I've been running consistently, with 10 to 15 miles per week and usually at least one trail run per week, but I wouldn't exactly call it training. In fact, my running schedule has been part of what I'm calling a "pre-training plan," as I intend to begin training for my sixth Akron Marathon in May.

This Dirty Dash event tomorrow isn't exactly a goal race, other than the goal to run a trail race this year, but it's not like I'm planning to lollygag through the course, picking flowers and examining bugs. A race is a race, and I intend to compete with whomever I can.

Instead of feeling anxious about racing, though, I'm feeling a sense of calm. Is it because I've set such modest goals? Have I reached a higher plane of running consciousness? Could I feel this way if I intended to set a new PR?

After running without pressure at last year's Akron Marathon, knowing I wouldn't achieve my best time, and feeling a similar sort of ease on the eve of tomorrow's race, I wonder if I can harness this for future races where I do hope to kick butt and take names. Because racing without the jitters is awesome.

Back Talk
Wherein the advice is worth the price we paid for it

BrianFlash suggests I not run accidentally too close to others tomorrow: "Good luck on the trails! One piece of advice to help you meet goal #1. Don't follow anyone too closely. They go down - you go down."

Answer: What's the etiquette of applying the forearm shiver to clear my path?

Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates! Have a finely brewed weekend. Run well and drink well. We'll be back Monday with a rousing race report. Cheers!

5 comments:

Carolina John said...

Good luck bro! At least you got a really nice weekend to get you started on trail racing. People who do it love it, and the word down here is that it leads to a full-blown addiction to trail ultras.

If it makes you feel better, don't call it a 10k. Call it an ultra-5k instead.

Xenia said...

Good luck. Watch out for kamikaze deer.

B. Jarosz said...

Glad to hear you've got pre-race calm! I find that the more "mature" I get as a runner, the less I stress out about race day... I'm better able to run hard and realize that even if it's not a PR race, I'll have plenty more years to keep running. But having a "real" goal can still give me a case of nerves the night before a big run. Good luck tomorrow!!!

Spike said...

If a runner is down in front of you, in a road race you just go around them. So, in a trail race can you run over them?

Regardless, enjoy tomorrow.

Running Librarian said...

Good Luck! Hope you had a great run!