The Hot Chocolate 5K is this Saturday - am I ready for it?
I think if I would have been able to get a full 3 runs in each week over the past 9 weeks I would be sitting quite pretty (sweat-covered, but pretty). Alas, life gets in the way so I fell a little behind in the frequency of the work-outs. The good news is I was able to push myself the last two weeks and increase from an 8 minute jog without stopping to a 21 minute jog before taking a walking break. Have I run a full 5K worth? Not quite. Am I worried? A little bit. Especially considering I always run after work and this morning was the first time I tried an A.M. exercise. The Hot Chocolate Run will kick off at 7:40 in the morning so I figured it was good practice to try this morning.
Sadly, I got a side ache (which I've now discovered is called a side stitch) after only a few minutes. Yikes. Haven't gotten one of those since the first week or so of running. I'm planning on getting up earlier, eating something and drinking some water to hydrate. Also pay closer attention to my breathing. Hopefully taking those things into account will allow me to not keel over in pain right after starting the race. Although, it would be a pretty funny sight to see if the starter pistol (or whatever they use nowadays if pistols have fallen out of fashion) goes off, I make it three feet and then fall down crying out in pain and exhaustion.
So what has been keeping me going through these runs? A solid iPod mix. My iTunes personality is more Jack Johnson than Jock Jams so I had to get creative with the songs I was adding and focused on ones that had a solid beat throughout I could pace myself at. I also got the great advice to pick songs that are close to the minute marker so that I can use it to gauge how far I've run. Goodbye Kitchen Timer!
Here's what got me through tonight's 20 minute run:
All These Things That I've Done - The Killers (5 minutes)
Sabotage - The Beastie Boys (3 minutes)
Just Dance - Lady Gaga (4 minutes)
Damn Girl - Justin Timberlake (5 minutes)
Move Your Feet - Junior Senior (3 minutes)
For the day of the race I just need to keep it going with the next few on the playlist:
Up on the Downside - Ocean Colour Scene (5 minutes)
Lollipop - MIKA (3 minutes)
That's Not My Name - The Ting Tings (5 minutes)
I'm feeling a bit more confident than I did after this morning's disaster - and everyone keeps telling me the adrenaline of the race and all of the people will energize me. The odds of me being dead last out of 25,000 participants is slim, right? . . .. right?
I'll check back in with you post-race!