So I have a 5 mile race on Saturday. This Saturday. Like, less than 2 days away Saturday.
I am so unprepared for this. I haven’t trained the way I want to and this has been a really bad week. I’m not ready, but, paradoxically, I’m not really worried about it.
So what’s going on?
Well, firstly, about a week after my 10k race, I ended up going for about two weeks without shoes. I couldn’t getting any running done, because let’s face it…it’s kinda hard to run without running shoes! Anyway, that’s a longer story for a different blog post! The good news is, I do have shoes now so I will be ok for the 5 miler.
Secondly, this week has been awful in terms of my sleep and rest. Starting Sunday evening I’ve been having trouble sleeping, and when I do sleep my dreams have been really disturbing. (For example, in one dream I was was being hunted down by these crocodiles that had human heads instead of crocodile heads. Yikes!) So anyway, I am feeling tired and unrested this week, but still I’m unable to sleep so each day I end up feeling worse. Now, I’m used to not being able to sleep well, but this is a whole new level of not sleeping which I don’t need the week before a race!
Thirdly, with the lack of shoes and the tiredness, I haven’t been training the way I wanted to. I have gone for shorter runs, and I’m improving my consistency with my pace, but I wanted to go for at least a couple of long runs and I’m feeling the lack.
So with all that, I’m feeling really unprepared for the 5 miles. But, as I said, I’m not feeling too worried about it.
For some reason, when I think about the race and study the course map, I feel ok about it. It’s in a beautiful park, the route may be difficult but it will be pretty, and I know I can do the distance as I’ve done it (and further!) before. The weather should be fairly decent for running and there is a water station during the race, and after (although I’m still bringing my own water bottle!). So yeah, I’ve got a good feeling about it. I just hope I get at least one decent night sleep before then!
Keep your fingers crossed for me and wish me luck in the comments below! 😀 I sure could use some!