Tomorrow is race day in Oyster Bay, NY

Today’s workout: Rest/taper

I’ve decided to run the Brooke Jackson Race for Literacy 5K tomorrow morning in Oyster Bay. Unlike every other race I’ve done to date, I’ll be a walk-on participant, who registers on race day. There are two reasons why I’m racing instead of using both weekend days for extended runs. First, I haven’t raced this month and this may be my best opportunity to do it. Second, I’ve had some slight soreness in my right knee and I thought I’d give that leg a break from running. Resting today will prepare me for tomorrow’s race and three miles shouldn’t have much on affect the injury. I do have slight concern that running in the neutral Kinvaras yesterday may have contributed to the soreness but it may just be a case of adjusting to a shoe with almost no drop from heel to forefoot, causing me to land more on my mid-foot than I usually would. I considered running in the Tangent 4’s but I’m not sure I’d want to race in shoes that I’m using for the first time. I have three miles on the Kinvara odometer so I know how they feel at that distance.

My strategy for tomorrow is to start at a moderate pace and adjust speed as I go. The Kinvaras seemed to have helped yesterday so hopefully I can draw on that advantage in the race. I have no knowledge of the course and whether it has pronounced hills or other features that may affect my performance. Perhaps it’s best not to know because I won’t be thinking about upcoming negatives as I run. My goals are simply to run a good race, have fun and be competitive in my category. Although I haven’t anticipated this race for weeks I am excited that I’ll be participating tomorrow.

Finally, I’d like to mention my friends KWL and FS who are participating in a 100 mile bike event tomorrow on Long Island. They are certainly in shape for it. I wish them great weather and safe travels.

The better of two goods

Today’s workout (elliptical): 27 minutes

I’m considering an upcoming 5K race this weekend that is taking place in an adjacent town. This event, the Brooke Jackman Race for Literacy, seems interesting and like most charity runs it benefits people in need. I chose not to run the RXR 10K earlier this month but I have no regrets that I didn’t race. I ran my personal best for distance on that Sunday and felt that it was time better spent. This Sunday’s race will be my only practical opportunity to compete in May. I’m already scratching on the June 6th XTERRA race because I have so little time that weekend and I’m heading out later that day on a business trip. I will definitely be running in the New Hyde Park 8K in mid-May so June is covered. My quandary for this weekend is whether I’m willing to give up a run on Saturday, when it’s supposed to be beautiful, to rest enough to be competitive on Sunday. If I don’t race on Sunday I would try to do a trail run at Stillwell or Muttontown on one day and explore the running experience at Eisenhower Park on the other day. Both of those runs are appealing but so is the thought of lining up for another race. I guess I’ll have until early Sunday morning to decide. Either way I can’t really lose.

Racing through spring

Today’s planned run: Central Park

I’m feeling rested after taking a break yesterday. I’m hoping that this will translate into some good running today and over the weekend. I’m planning to run again with my friend in Central Park at lunchtime. It should be 70 degrees by noon with lots of sun. Oh, for the want of a shower in my office!

It’s amazing that tomorrow is already May 1st. This year is going by quickly and I attribute much of that to spending a good part of January recovering from pneumonia. It’s like I lost a month. But spring is here and the weather has been nice for outside activities. I’m thinking about my racing plans between now and summer. Right now, I’ve got three events in my sights:

The Brooke Jackman Run for Literacy 5K – May 16
A local race in mid-May. It’s a run/walk so my family can also participate.

The XTERRA Trail Race Series 8K run at Stillwell Woods – June 6
This is the second Stillwell XTERRA race this year. I did the first in March and it was tough. Add 1.5 miles  to that course and you have the June 6 race.

New Hyde Park 8K – June 13
I ran this race last year and learned my lesson about starting too fast. I bonked 2/3 of the way through the course but still ended up with a sub-9:00 pace (just barely).

This would mean I’d be running three races in one month’s time. It seems like a lot but I do those distances as training runs every weekend. The XTERRA is the biggest challenge and until recently I thought I wouldn’t be up for it. I will do what’s necessary to be ready to run it by the 6th. After all, racing is a great way to train for other races.