Oops, guess I’m a little racist, too.
I’m running a 5k this evening. Luckily, some thunderstorms and high pressure came through and knocked down the humidity and heat, so it’s supposed to be actually tolerable come 7:30. I’m tapering (reducing my run mileage) this week and am super-jittery today. Drinking LOTS of water to try to stay hydrated pre-race and just try to stay cool, literally and figuratively.
This’ll be my second 5k since my Achilles surgery and recovery last year. I’m not expecting a monumental improvement over my last one (which was both a PR and 1:30 faster than I had planned based on my training program), but it would be nice if I could finish close to or a little bit faster than my last time. The hotter temperatures will be a bit of a factor, but I think I’ll also do a little better in an evening race, so that might be a wash.
Come Sunday, I embark on my HALF-MARATHON training program for the Thunder Road / Amica Insurance Half in Charlotte in November. This’ll be my first half-marathon EVER, so I’m hoping this 5k will be a nice send-off to get me going and stay motivated on my training for the next 4 months.
This sounds like a pretty interesting little event. It’s a 5k race on the actual track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track is about 1.5 miles long, so you basically do 2 laps and end on Victory Lane.
I’ve heard the race itself is sort of unorganized, but it’s one of those novelty-type once-in-a-lifetime things that sound like it’d be fun to do. I mean, how often do you get to have a footrace on an official NASCAR racetrack?