When I started this blog last year I had a plan. I wanted to finish a Couch To 5k program and run a local 5k race this spring. Well, spring is already here, and I technically can run 5k, but somehow I’m not sure if I’m really ready to run a race right now.
There’s a small local race next weekend that I’d like to run, but I have some doubts.
- It seems to be a small, casual race, probably about 400-500 runners.
- It’s cheap and only a 40 min drive from my place.
- It’s a charity race, the entire fee goes to a drug prevention organisation.
- I get a shirt and a certificate (how awesome!)
- The racing experience itself. Reading lots of race recaps, e.g. of the National Marathon last weekend, got me really exited to try and see for myself, what it’s like to participate in a race.
- I’m still a very slow runner, and would probably be one of the last runners to finish. That would be so embarrassing!
There are much more pros than cons, but that one contra argument is quite a big one for me. I think I can run a 5k in about 34 minutes. That’s quite lame, isn’t it? I’d rather aim for a sub 30 min result, to at least be somewhere in the middle of the pack.
So, what should I do? Just go for it and don’t care about my time? Or wait a few months more and do some speed work to get faster?
Your opinions, please!