This week I'm in a weird place, though. I raced a 10k on Thursday and I am "racing" the Hot Chocolate 15k on Saturday. I should have planned ahead better and done one last "training" run over the weekend but I didn't. So I've been unsure exactly what to do this week. Last week, I tapered for the Turkey Chase. Do I just carry on the taper?
My answer is yes. But, as I've said before, I have a really hard time running slowly leading up to a race. I always want to speed along and prove to myself that I can run fast. So last night, I let myself do that. But only for 2.47 miles.
Then I woke up this morning and let myself run slower for 4.0 miles.
While running, I thought about the Hot Chocolate race but not in an "OMG, it's this weekend and I'm stressing" kind of way. I actually thought about how little I have blogged about it and, apparently, how little I've cared. Unlike Baltimore, and even the Turkey Chase to an extent, for which I was planning finishing time goals and speed workouts weeks and months in advance, I have done very little to prepare for Hot Chocolate specifically. I'm not too worried about this because I am confident that my preparation for the 10k will suffice as preparation enough for a 15k.
The big question, now that the race is four days away, is: What the hell kind of goals am I going to set for myself? In answering this question, there are several things to consider...
- I have about a million friends running this and I plan to run with at least a few of them so it will be hard to set specific pace goals without knowing what they're thinking and planning.
- The race is going to be extremely crowded and trying to dodge people the entire time will just frustrate me.
- This is my first 15k so I get an automatic PR. Yes!
- This will be the furthest I've run since my sweaty dance (and, by dance, I mean fight to the death) with Baltimore.
- It would be nice to burn a ton of calories so that I can consume gallons of ghirardeli hot chocolate fondue at the after party.
- It will be cold so running fast is imperative to staying warm.
- And, last but not least, I want to have fun.
So help me friends: How does one prepare for back to back races? Have you ever raced with friends? If so, do you set goals together or do you just run for fun and ignore the clock?
Are you running Hot Chocolate? Want to hang out and eat fondue together afterward?
And finally, have you entered my Sparkly Soul headband giveaway yet? All the cool kids are doing it!