One of my goals with my running this year is to be a better racer. I suck at racing. This isn't a HUGE deal, but when I enter a race, I want to do my best. I'm paying for the thing, so I kind of want to make the most of the closed course, the crowd, and the free water stops. (ok, maybe not the free water...) I like races, and for the most part, when I have been racing with the goal of running a PR time, I have. But in general, I leave races wondering if I could have gone faster if I had just kept my head in the game. My head really messes with me when I'm in a race and I tend to fall a part at least once. So this year, I'm going to try to work on my "head game". Obviously, I need to work on the running part of it too, but that's what all the running is for.
This brings me to the following race- the Diefenbooker Classic. It has all sorts of positives: chip timed, smaller race, food at the end, free shirt, it is at Canada's cold war museum- the Diefenbunker, and you get to run through the blast tunnel! It is at the beginning of May- so the weather shouldn't be too hot, which is also a plus for me. The only problem is the elevation profile (and I apologize for all the white space...I didn't have the patience to play with the graphic):
In other news, it is so nice, warm, and sunny today that I'm currently blogging on my deck. And I have some great company too- the cat known around here (well, to Jordan and me) as Loud Cat: