Y'all know that a few months ago I found twenty seconds of insane courage and signed up for the Rock 'n Roll Cleveland Half Marathon, but that's not until next October. After spending the past six months racing in 5Ks, I know it's time to challenge myself to a 10K, but, still, challenge = scary. The most I've ever run is a little over 4 miles, so 6.2 seems daunting (and, yet, a half marathon length of 13.1 somehow doesn't. This, ladies & gents, is how it works inside my brain).
Initially I thought the St. Malachi Five Miler in March would be an excellent start to my racing season, being that it's pretty much right in between the distance of a 5K and a 10K and it's considered the sort of official start to the Cleveland racing season. But then my uncle in Texas emailed me. When my aunt was in town a few weeks ago she and I had talked about visiting them in Houston early next year and running a race with my uncle (well, my uncle and I running the same race. While I have no doubt he'd slow down his speed to run with me I'm not going to ask him to do that).
So, earlier this week he sent me a list of some of the 5Ks and 10Ks that are held in Houston in the spring. After looking through the list I settled on the Rodeo Run.
I went back and forth on which race I wanted to run, the 5K or 10K. My concern is that while it will be fairly mild in Houston, I'm going to be training in Cleveland, Ohio in the dead of winter. This will be my first winter running and I have no idea what to expect or how I'll handle it.
In the end I decided to go for the 10K. It would have been far too easy to fall back on excuses and say I won't be prepared, won't be able to do it, etc. Now, I have no excuses. Instead I have three months and plenty of time to push myself to run a slightly further distance than what I'm at now. And, besides, after running in Cleveland winters for a few months, six miles in Houston in late February should be a piece o' cake!
Anyone else planning next year's race schedule yet?
Love from the ashes,