Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sun Run 10K Goals

3 days until my next (and possibly last for a while) race.  I'm feeling pretty excited.  I don't know why THIS race means so much to me.  Something about it makes me feel like THIS is the race to be measured ... don't know why.  I hate crowds and really there should be nothing about this race that I like, but I do.  Around here so many runners do this race and it's so popular that everyone knows about it - even if they aren't a runner.  When you talk to someone about running they ask if you are doing it and what your time was last year. 

The weather can change here on a whim, but at the moment we're expecting highs of around 16C/60F and mainly sunny.  I can't think of anything better for the "Sun" Run.  It's actually named after the newspaper that hosts the run, The Vancouver Sun.  This would be perfect running weather and it's a beautiful route.


Tomorrow I'm going downtown with a few girlfriends to pick up our race packages.  Then we're going to do a little run along the seawall.  I've always wanted to do that!  I'm really looking forward to it.

Actually this is a bit of a crazy weekend:

Friday - pick-up race packages during the day and tool around Vancouver.  In the evening we are having a surprise party for my son's 16th.  I've ordered the COOLEST cake!  Though he's just come down with his annual birthday flu.  Hopefully I don't have to cancel it.

Saturday - My husband & son are going to their favourite bi-annual diesel truck event (snore).  Then in the evening there is a UFC event and my daughters last jazz dance competition.

Sunday - The SUN RUN!  Could I be more excited????

Monday - My son's 16th b-day.  He'll be going to test for his L (Learner's Driver License). My daughter also has her last dance competition (this one in Hip Hop).

So ... my goals for this year's Sun Run .....

Last year my goal was to finish under 1 hour and I came in at 58:56.  This year I'm setting a few goals:

1) under 57:00 - I'm pretty confident that I'll surpass this one.
2) under 55:00 - I think I can probably beat this one too.
3) under 53:00 - If I beat this one you will see me on the news as the crazy lady running around downtown Vancouver, ripping her shirt off and screaming at the top of her lungs. 

Secretly, I really hope to be that woman on the news!  I have actually run 10K on my own under 53 minutes a few times.  But I also know that this is a super crowded course and that anything can happen in a race. 

Realistically I expect to be in the 54-55 minute range.  I will be happy with that.  This is the race that I will give it my all, so I will have no regrets.  There will be no holding back!

As for my fears .... well, I'll have to let them be.  I can't control everything and I will try not to get worked up about it.  I have a bit of a game plan, just in case.  Should I get hit by the bathroom bug, I will stop my watch for any necessary stops, and the time on my Garmin will determine my finish time (not the chip time).  This is MY race, MY time.  I'm not out to win any awards.  I'm out to see what I can accomplish.

Not sure if I'll get to posting tomorrow, or over the weekend.  Everyone who is racing this weekend ... I wish you the best of luck.  I know off the top of my head that Syl has a very meaningful 5K on Sunday and Lynsey has a 5K that shes going to rock on Saturday.  On Saturday I will run a 5K to support Lynsey (though I will do a nice, easy pace as I have my big run the next day).  I will definitely be taking you guys along with me during my race.  I will be wearing Syl's necklace and will definitely use it as motivation to give it my all.  Let's do this ladies!!!!!

**GIVEAWAY**

Julie is having a great giveaway to celebrate having 100 followers

Heidi
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17 comments:

Fran said...

I'll bet on under 53 minutes. I know you can do that. Good idea to stop your Garmin if you have to stop during the run, that way you will have the correct time. My last race I used my Garmin time as finishing time too and not the chip time. Have fun on Sunday!

You have a lot of fun plans this weekend. I wish you a great birthday party tomorrow night. Let us know if he was surprised.

Sarah said...

Good luck! You can do it!!!

Lynsey said...

Thanks for the shout out and good luck to you! You'll probably beat my 5K time at you 10K. ;)

Syl said...

I'm running both days, what have I got myself into :)
Good luck this weekend Heidi, hope to see you on the news :-)

Syl said...
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Syl said...

Hey we should run the Vancouver Marathon together next year....ducking for cover.....

Heidi said...

You're on Syl!

Syl said...

oh Lord Heidi, I was kinda kidding...now I'm running for cover :-)

Ok being that it would be less than a year away how about we do it the year after? 2012 - I would definately be willing to do it then - DEFINATELY...that would give us two years to train and then we can have a girls weekend in vancouver...I'm serious about this one. I feel that's enough time to train, I don't think I would be ready next year.....

Heidi said...

*giggle* *giggle* *giggle*

Nope, you challenged me. Next year or bust!!!!


HAHHA, I'm not QUITE that mean. I know you're yanking my chain. But you're right, it is something to seriously consider.

See my most recent comment to you. That sound possible? I'm thinking it would be a blast!

destination262 said...

I can't wait to hear how it goes. I am sending you speedy vibes, so you can be the crazy lady yelling and running around with excitment. You are going to do great no matter the outcome. Good luck!!

Heather said...

Good luck on Sunday - keeping my fingers crossed for a huge pr for you!

ajh said...

Good luck! You will do great!

Kyle and Darci said...

Ok, I'm a few posts behind...but hey better late than never!

So a few posts back...glad you "put yourself out there"! You will feel so much better in the long run! And way to go on the loss...almost 3lbs in 1 week!! Awesome!! Now we will just have that much more to celebrate together! I think we are all in the same boat at one time or another. I love that we have this "community"!

And finally, GOOD LUCK on your 10K this weekend! I hope we get to see a news clip!!! ;)

Marcelle said...

Good luck - am feeling so drained at the moment with something thats cropped up in my life I cant imagine running...

Saturday and Sunday I have a photo shoot which I'm looking forward to...am sure I'll get to the gym...but running, dont think so as the weather is like winter here again.

Thinking of you and know how excited you are right now...cant wait to hear about the race next week.

Michelle said...

Good luck to you Sunday! Have a great time this weekend with all the celebrations! Happy Birthday to you son! Hope he feels better soon.

Missy said...

Can't wait to hear how your run goes. It would SO fun if you come in under 53 but 54-55 is SUPER impressive! Excited to hear all about it.

Happy birthday to your son!!!

kimert said...

Good luck!! I can't wait to hear how you kicked that race's butt!!!!