running in snow, eagle egg 5k

I ran today…

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…in the snow!

Yes, today, March 24, it snowed. If this was November or December I’d probably enjoy it, but today I’m rather sick of it. I can’t wait until the sun comes out – and STAYS! I wouldn’t even mind rain, if it meant the end of these yo-yo temperatures!

Over the weekend, I signed up for the Eagle Egg 5k. It’s a race hosted every year by Summit Christian Academy, where my mother teaches 2nd grade. I’ve only run this race once before. My mom always volunteers to pay for the race fee as long as I’m willing to represent 2nd grade out there. 🙂 Since this year’s 2nd graders are an artistic group, there’s a fair chance I’ll be adorned with 2nd grade artwork!

I will admit, though, I’m a little nervous about one thing. Running this race a 2nd time, I feel a little bit of pressure to improve on my race time. I know that’s mostly all in my head, but it’s still there.

In fact, that’s one of the reasons I haven’t signed up for another half-marathon in the past two years. If I’m going to spend the time and money on a half-marathon, I feel like I need to improve my time (and preferably get under 3:00:00).

Truth be told, I probably will improve my time, without really trying. I’ve said before, I’m not good at pacing myself to a particular time, and that’s especially true during races! I tend to run faster, period, than I do during my training runs. If you compare my training runs before last year’s race and this year’s race, my training pace averages at least a minute or a minute and a half faster this year.

Later this week (probably Wednesday), I am thinking I might try to squeeze in a 6-7 mile run. I wasn’t able to do a long run last Saturday, and it’s doubtful that I’ll be able to do a long run next Saturday, so I might as well run when I can!

2 thoughts on “running in snow, eagle egg 5k”

  1. I’ve been running for a couple of years, long enuf for some past runs I’ve done to come around again. So I’ve done the Groundhog Run twice. I’m up for my second Trolley Run next month. I’ll definitely do the Plaza 10K in the fall again. Maybe even the Westport St. Pat’s Day run too.

    What I don’t do, though, is look at my past times when I do these second rounds. I have decided I’m just going to run the run I have in my legs that day, and if I improve my time, great. I think that takes a lot of stress off of me pre-run. And I have some amount of confidence that I am getting better year to year.

    As it happens, I shaved four minutes off of my time on the Groundhog Run the second time. That was a pleasant surprise. If I do something similar on the Trolley Run, that will be a surprise too, but only because I don’t remember my time from last year. I’m doing the Rock the Parkway Half in a couple of weeks (cue scary music), and, unfortunately, I know approximately what time I got on the KC Half last fall, so I’ll know during the run how I compare. That’s unfortunate since I want to run each race individually, but I hope the better course and a half year of training will automatically give me a better shot at a better time.

    So as much as I can, I don’t look at my past numbers. I just get out and run as well as I can.

    1. Paul, if you don’t mind, I think I’ll borrow your mindset on races! For everyone except the elites, this is what we should be thinking. Run for the sake of running, not for some number. Besides, even if you do all the training perfectly, there are still so many things we can’t control – weather or illness, for example.

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