“Sign up now (year early) and get 50% off your entry fee!” I always fall for these deals. So I registered for 2 10k’s on super bowl weekend… super run 10k which I did 39:54 last year, and Cardiff Kook 10k (new to me, stacked field).
You never know what can happen a few days before a race. With El Nino this year, weather is all over the place, and yay… I catch bronchitis. So PR thoughts go out the window. I think to myself lets fun run these races, is there a costume I can find somewhere to explain an embarrassing time (over 40 min)?
I just work with a glimmer of hope as each day my training run are decent that I will improve… but I get worse as it turns night and cold, that race night Im coughing up yellow thick phlegm. Well lets just go and show up… see how the first mile goes. Saturday 2 mile warm up, in the freezing cold. Ok, lets do a sub 6 min mile on the start and see how it goes. (my strategy is usually go hard on first half, cruise in 2nd). Everything is going well and I take things mile by mile, following the plan. Surprisingly I sneak in under 39 min , where my current PR is low 38. This gave me 9th overall on a rolling hill course…. and 1 min faster than last year when I was not sick. I will take it! After 2-3 mile cool down.