This Sunday is my next race, the Broad St. 10-miler in Philadelphia. I have to admit, I’m not really feeling it this time. Not sure if I am a bit “over-raced” at this point, not in the mood to travel, or just plain tired. (Julie, I don’t know how you are doing four weekends in a row!) It doesn’t help that the temperatures are supposed to be well into the 80s this weekend and the race doesn’t start until 8:30. I love warm weather, but it hasn’t been consistently warm lately, so I don’t feel acclimated.
I think part of the problem is that I tend to give a lot to my races mentally. After just having run the Cherry Blossom 10-miler three weeks ago, where I PRd, I don’t know if I can summon the mental reserves to repeat the performance, or beat it.
That being the case, I am going to experiment a little with this race. I mentioned a while back I was considering trying a race without looking at my watch. I think this should be the day. I’m also going to test out a new shirt, courtesy of Running Chicks (a giveaway soon to follow). So I’m taking that rule of never trying new things on race day and throwing it out the window. It’s not a marathon, so I think I can get away with this!
And in spite of all my big talk here about not caring, I know that when I toe the line on Sunday, my competitive instinct will likely take over. I can live without a new PR, but I’d probably be pretty mad if I didn’t go under 74 minutes.
We’ll see what the weekend brings. It will be fun no matter what–I’m traveling up to the race with two of my fun racing buddies, Becky and Jessica. We’re pulling out of town early Saturday afternoon, so look out Philadelphia!