Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time for Another 5k

Tonight, I'll be running the Esprit de She 5k.

This race kind of snuck up on me. I'd forgotten that I'd registered for it until I started getting reminder emails and information about packet pick up. Luckily, I'm only scheduled to work until 5pm this evening, so I should have no trouble making it to the race.

I brought everything I would need during the day and at the race, and I double checked last night that everything will fit in my gear check bag.

It may look like a random pile of stuff, but it is everything I need for the race AND for work.
I was able to pick up my race packet last week after my long run. Advance packet pickup was held at Fleet Feet's Old Town location, and the race also offers race day packet pickup. After a very hot and sweaty run Saturday morning, I went home, showered, changed for work, ate a sandwich, and then made my way to Fleet Feet. I was worried about having to wait in line for a long time, but I was in and out in no time, which meant that I was actually early for work that day.

Included in the packet: the official race shirt, bib number, safety pins, clear gear check bag, a few coupons, a mini Luna bar, and a packet of gummi vitamins.

Race shirt and number. Not the best picture, but the only one I could get that didn't include my cat.
I'm really glad that this year's shirt is tech material, as last year's cotton tank top isn't comfortable to run in (cotton, too many seams that cause some chafing, etc.). I also really like the blue color of this year's shirt. I also got a bonus Moxie cycling tee because I had registered early for the race. Apparently, anyone who registered before a certain deadline got the extra shirt.

I ran this race last year and had some mixed feelings about it, due largely to some unpleasant interactions with some other runners (the volunteers and folks working the race were all lovely), but I'm hoping for a fun race.

As I've already detailed in other posts, I'm not feeling all that great. Everything just feels much more difficult than usual, so I'm not holding out hopes for another PR or even for a decent finish time. In fact, I don't plan on really racing tonight. Instead, I'll be using the race as an easy run, which is what my training plan calls for, anyway. My only real goal for this race is to finish without any walking.

It will be nice to get out of my own neighborhood and run a different route than usual. And despite the funk I currently find myself in, I don't want to start canceling plans or skip out on any runs or races for which I've already registered.

Also, one of my goals for the year was to run more races than last year, and this race will give me my eighth race of 2015, thus tying me with last year. After tonight, I'll only need one more race this year to accomplish that goal.


  1. Good luck tonight! It's hard to change things up from PR or time goals when you're not feeling awesome, but I find my best successes when I focus on the process instead. Enjoy tonight!

    1. Thanks for the support, Lauren. It is much appreciated. Last night went surprisingly well.