- I feel some small amount of company spirit and would like to earn some points in the Corporate Challenge competition.
- I want to prove that I can still run "fast".
- You get 1 participation point in any event whether you win or come in last place.
- It's freakin' hard to get more than a participation point in the 5k, unless you're in division G. This means you're competing against a bunch of other 20-employee companies. (I didn't actually look up that information, but you get the gist.) Anyway, I'm in division A, the 2000+ corporate monster division.
My goals for the race are to break my 5k PR of 23:30 (which I set on a pancake flat course, very unlike the CC course) and to score some division points for once! I know, a 7:30 pace is not very fast for some people, but it's pretty speedy for me. I do most of my running on trails and my "trail fast" ranges from 9-12 minute miles depending on terrain and length of run.
I decided to run the course the other day before I met a group of friends for a trail run and ended up with a slightly disappointing 8:11 pace. I felt like I was going pretty quick too! Well, I know I probably won't be able to break my PR on a training run. It's just not the same as a race. I need a competitor. You know. Some girl who just looks WAY too cute in her perfectly matched outfit, or someone who is 5 inches shorter than me and 20 lbs heavier. The kind of thing that really gets you going. I'm not kidding when I say I was once passed in a 10k by an adult woman who was about 4'7" (I'm 5'4"). Fortunately I will have a few more opportunities to run the course before the race. I'm hoping I can get my training time down around a 7:45 pace.
I am definitely looking forward to this race being over, so I can obsess over the Jemez Mountain 50k which is two weeks later. There is no doubt in my mind when I say it is going to chew me up and spit me out. The elevation speaks for itself. Oh yeah, you're seeing correctly. It starts at 7000+ ft. And yes, I do live in Lawrence, KS at 800ft.