One week from today I'll be participating in my first race ever. It's only 5k, but I'm starting to get a little anxious. I've been training since the end of March so I know I won't pass out or anything, but I'm really not in the condition I wish I were in. I know I'm doing a lot of last minute "gee I should have's" and imagining a lot of "what if" scenarios. I won't be able to jog the whole thing, that was never my goal. I'll jog/walk ("wog", a word Phin's friend made up).
Here's the layout of the course: It'll be so awesome jogging thru Disneyland and California Adventures. When I look at the course map, it doesn't look that long, considering how much you walk around at Disneyland. I can't wait to run through the castle, that'll be one of the highlights. Finishing will be the other. :)
Phin sent this to me several months ago. Obviously I'm the downtrodden chunky bear and she's the encouraging sleek tiger. It's totally me and her and I LOVE IT! She usually wogged with me once a week or more. Every week I tried to go out 2-3 times and ddr* once. Tried is the operative word - I'm really good at making excuses especially when I wasn't home (which was a lot this summer), but I'm also pretty good at personal guilt being used as a motivator.
This is the trail I wogged on 90% of the time. It's a 1/2 mile from my house so it was very convenient not having to drive anywhere. My typical roundtrip wog is just under 3 miles. This week and next week, I'm doing between 3.1 to 3.3 miles and trying to do something every day till race day.
When I went out this week, I was slow. That's my biggest concern. I'm counting on adrenaline and having all the other runners there to help motivate me to keep a better pace. Plus Phin's doing the race with me so it'll be great having her encouragement throughout.
It's Disney's Inaugral year for this event, which is headlined by a half marathon that Phin and her girlfriend are doing on Sunday the 17th. In the end, I'll be so glad that I did it. Plus I'll get a cool t-shirt and a Disney medal! :)
*ddr explained in comments