Although it is just over six months away, I signed up for my next big race this week: the River Bank Run 25K on May 14!
I ran this race for the first time this year and it was one of the most challenging experiences of my life. I want to approach things a bit differently this time around in my training.
- I am a big baby when it comes to running in the cold, but it was in the 40s on race day. I need to be better prepared for those temperatures.
- Hills, hills, and more hills. There are a bunch in the second half of the race course. I need to incorporate hills into my training plan.
- This year, my longest run going into race day was 10 miles. Not good for a 15.5 mile race. I need to have longer training runs.
- Cross training! I did little to no cross training this year. I think it will be really beneficial to incorporate that into my life. Yoga, strength training, elliptical…anything, just so it’s not all running, all the time.
- Believe in myself. As race day approached, I seriously began to doubt if I could do it. Those mind games got to me a LOT during the race.
I am really excited to take on this race again. A bit nervous and anxious, but excited no less.
It’s going to be a long day, for sure. Race in the morning, then hopping in the car. I have to be at Michigan State University for a graduation ceremony that afternoon to cheer on a bunch of my friends.
It’ll be long, but so wonderfully good.
I. Can’t. Wait.