Thursday, April 12, 2018

Future Race Plans

The F^3 Half Marathon didn't happen for me due to illness.

The Shamrock Shuffle 8k didn't happen for me due to anxiety and a panic attack.

That is two races this year that I was planning to run that I didn't run. Disappointing? Yes.

 Am I going to try to race again? Absolutely.

I may not be interested in running as many races as I have in the past, but I do still want to race. I find that I need specific goals to work towards to keep myself motivated, and signing up for a race gives me a specific distance that I have to run on a specific date. I just need to choose races a bit more carefully, which may mean signing up closer to race day, even though that means paying a higher registration fee.

Additionally, I'm hoping that if I can get myself to another race and manage to cross the finish line, then perhaps it will help me deal with the anxiety/panic that I've been experiencing lately when it comes to racing and running in public.

I am currently signed up for three races, all of which are 5ks: the Ravenswood 5k, the Run for the Zoo 5k, and the Proud to Run 5k. I'm not terribly excited for Ravenswood or Run for the Zoo, but I am very much looking forward to Proud to Run, which I'll be running with one of my co-workers. It will be his first race, and I always enjoy helping people discover a love for running and run their first race.

I am debating whether or not I want to do a half marathon later this year, but I don't want to sign up for something unless I'm 100% sure I want to do it, so my three 5ks will be a bit of a practice run for future possible races.