I have finally come to a decision on the ideas I posted about here. I'm going to run the Buffalo Grove Stampede 10K only. I haven't raced a 10K since September 2011.
First, I've done the race twice before and have enjoyed the course and the post-race pancake breakfast. The course is part residential and part trail and is somewhat challenging. I can use my time and enter it into the McMillan Running Calculator to see if my goal of a 4:28:00 marathon is even feasible.
Plus, the race will only cost me $21 since I am a CARA member. $21 for a 10K with a sweet pancake breakfast is pretty much unheard of these days.
The Twilight Shuffle in Libertyville costs $45, which is too high for my taste. I'm OK paying $25 to $30 for a 5K. Anymore that than seems like too much. Plus, my ITBs will probably hate me if I race twice in one day. They already kind of hate me now. And, I don't want potentially injure myself and ruin my chances of running the marathon.
McMillan says I should be able to run a 10K in 57:07 or better, which I think is doable. It will really depend on how I feel that morning and the weather conditions. I'm way off my 10K PR so I won't attempt to run that. My course PR is a 51:16. Eh... I highly doubt I will get close to that, but we'll see.
In other news, this is how I feel about my train companion:
But, I've sort of embraced it at this point. I always get a sense that I'm being talked down to and that I'm a total newbie/fat turtle, but eventually, these feelings will subside and I will get used to it. And, the conversation is bound to circle and there will be nothing new to discuss. I wait for that day.
What races do you have coming up? Have you ever left work early or came to work late because for a run?