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My first 5K and 10K races

My run tonight has officially been rained out. Sucks. I’ve been pretty lucky with the weather for the past 10 weeks so I guess it had to happen sooner or later. I could go downstairs and run for 30 minutes on the treadmill but that seems like a waste. I’ve only got three more runs left. I want to do them all outside.

I’ll finish up week 10 of OHR next Tuesday and Thursday. I didn’t have any runs scheduled then so it will work out. It will be cool to finally get that hour under my belt.

Enough about that, though. I’ll get it done. I’ve got other things on my mind right now. My next two weeks are gonna be pretty cool.

My first 5K race is this Saturday. I got my first of what I hope will be many 5K shirts in the mail the other day. It’s sitting next to my bib ready to go. I’m not sure if it’s cool to wear the shirt in the actual race. Is that done? Would I look like a noob? This whole thing is confusing. What about the bib? Do I just safety pin it to my shirt? Is there some other way that I don’t even know about? Where do I put it? On my chest? Stomach? Back? It’s just paper. Is that thing going to fall apart when I start sweating? I’ve got a TON of stupid questions.

It sucks to do new things sometimes because you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s not my fault. I’m new. Everybody was new once. I’m sure there are a ton of unspoken rules that I don’t even know about yet. I guess all I can do is put my head down and push through. Hopefully I won’t embarrass myself too much. I look forward to getting this thing over with so that the next time I run into someone running their first race I can put my arms on their shoulder and act like I’m the coolest guy in the world. “Come here you poor dumb bastard,” I’ll tell them. “Let me show you how it’s done.” That will be cool.

Once I get the 5K race done I only have to wait a week to do my first 10K. At least I’ll have a better feeling of what those things are like by then. I’m gonna finish One Hour Runner the Thursday before so I should be prepared for this distance. I’m afraid that my time will suffer because I’ll have already put in 100 minutes of running in that week. Nothing I can do about it, though. I don’t schedule these things. I’m sure I’ll survive.

After the 10K I get a week off from running and then I start marathon training. That’s gonna be 18 weeks of bitching and moaning but I’m sure anyone who reads this blog is used to that by now.