Tomorrow is not only my fifth 5K, it will also most likely be my last race of the year. Truthfully, it's so bizarre to say that, because it suggests that 1) I ran more than just this one and 2) I'll be running next year, too. I mean, it was only back in February that I stepped on that treadmill for the first time.
Remember way back in June when I was totally flipping out about my speed a few days before my first 5K? And then I was so thrilled at even running that I fully embraced last place? That's the attitude I'm going in with tomorrow. To just relax and have fun. Don't get me wrong. I mean, it's not like I'm going to be lazy about my pace or anything. But I also know that just by running in my 5th 5K I've already managed to accomplish so much and I am so proud of where I am and how far I've come that I'm not necessarily looking to PR.
That being said, I am indeed already looking ahead to 2013. There is, of course, the Cleveland Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon, but that's not until October and I won't start training until mid-July. Luckily, Northeast Ohio is full of racing opportunities. There is the annual St. Malachi 5 Mile Run in March and I want to challenge myself more by stepping up from 5Ks to 10Ks. After all that I've managed to do this year, I'm looking forward to seeing what next year brings!
Love from the ashes,