Hello friends! How's it going?
I'm feeling pretty good today, for a few reasons. The main one is that we have a pretty complete team of 12 for the Great River Ragnar Relay! "Pretty complete" means we have 12 yes's, now we just need everyone's email address to invite, then runners to accept the invite, etc. But we've paid for it! Actually, since I'm the team captain, I've paid for it. Now I just need to get everyone to repay me. :o( That may be some work.
Despite that small issue, I'm pretty excited about it. At the moment, I'm dedicated to runner spot 10, which is 17.3 miles broken up into 3 legs: 8.20 miles, 3.80 miles, and 5.3 miles. It's not the easiest of the 12 spots, but I feel like it's definitely do-able.
So, I've gone spreadsheet crazy entering in paces, leg times, finish time projects, etc. I haven't shared this with my team yet. Don't want to scare them off too soon!
I also had a pretty awesome run this weekend. The weather was really nice. Right around 30 degrees, sunny, with a mild breeze. I even impressed myself with a 9:07 average pace. Not the fastest ever, but faster than any of my other long runs this year! Speed isn't everything, but my 10K pace last year was right around 8:42. I'd like to get near that again for shorter runs before race season officially starts.
Speaking of, this year is kind of "the year of the races". So far I have dedicated myself to 4, and I know there will be another I'll do for sure.
1. HOPE Springs 5K in April
2. Sour Grapes 1/2 trail marathon in June
3. Red Ore Run 10K in July
4. Ragnar in August
5. Rock'n'Roll 1/2 marathon in October
There's another 5K in August that I may do, but I'm not sure of the date. Last year it conflicted with my training season, too. But I love to support local races, so if I can make it then I'm there!
Now I just need to keep up with training, and take care of myself so I avoid injuries.
Do you have any races planned for the year? Spill it!