The all terrain race is just around the corner. My running partner & I ran the course s-l-o-w-l-y this weekend. I made the mistake of trying new shoes, the Brooks Cascades that I won in a give-away, for a longish run. I've been walking in them with my dogs on trails and the soles are more grippy and better suited for single track than my Kinvaras, but I've been running in Kinvaras for months and switching back to regular shoes for a 7.3 mile run was not a good idea. My hips were sore! My body really likes the lower profile of the Kinvaras, so I'm sticking with those this weekend even though Kinvaras aren't ideal for trails.
While we were running, I mentioned that I don't feel prepared to run a 10K well. I'm confident that I can run it, just not run it as well as I would like. I mentioned that I need a goal, a plan, a strategy, something to focus on for race day. But I hadn't figured it out and decided I needed a few days to think about it.
A few days later, my running partner texted me, "So what's the plan? ;-)"
I went back and found my time for this race from last year, 1:03:13. If this was a road race, I'd like to try to beat an hour, but it's a single track/dirt road/asphalt mix and will be slower. I really like to run 1:02:00, but I don't know that I've trained correctly for that. That's why I don't feel like I can run it well.
My response "Don't fall! Have fun. Meet or beat last year's time. 1:02:00 would be even better"
Her response was simple, "Sounds like a plan. Let's do this!"