Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lifetime Fitness Reindeer Run 5K

I posted a while back (but I am too lazy to go find the post to link it here) that I refuse to believe that the end of the year is coming. Denial? Check. Delusion? Check. You’d think that I had bought into all of the 2012 nonsense. I refuse to fall into another Y2K style paranoia – I’m still trying to get rid of all of the canned SPAM I bought.

You see, I had to sit out the prime running season with a stupid crack in my shin. A crack! That is like not eating some cheese because of a little mold. Scrape it off! Good as new.

Denial:
In the spirit of refusing to bend over for father time, I searched for a race – any race, to run when I thought that I was healthy enough. Enter the Life Time Fitness Reindeer Run 5K. December 19 - perfect. It looks to be a pretty fun race that goes on part of the IM AZ course around the man-made Tempe Town Lake in Tempe Arizona. It’ll be a harder route with a pretty good sized uphill section but that will just add to the challenge.

(One funny thing that I noticed about this race is that MBT shoes is a sponsor. Interesting. Not Brooks, Nike, or Adidas. MBT. Note to self: I’ll need to be sure to line up towards the front and not get slowed down by a barrage of blue haired mall walkers.)

Delusional:
I have no PR goals for this race. Quite simply, I am not in sub 19:30 shape. If I have a super race I may be able to GUT OUT a sub 20:00 but even that may be a stretch. Humbling. When I say “gut out” I mean teeth-clenched, forehead-vein-popping, all-out running. That seems like a LOT of work. I’ll probably take some advice from The Sean (recent 3:01 Boston qualifier) and just run a comfortably hard relaxed race. Anything under 21:00 will be considered a good race.

I can’t remember the last time I ran a race by myself (not pacing) where I wasn’t in top running form. It will be an interesting experience. Normally, for such a random 5K, I would check out the previous race results to see if I had any chance at an age group award. Unfortunately, this is the first year this race is timed. I would normally think more of a Lifetime Fitness sponsored event, but I suppose that it is more about the Reindeer than anything. I’ll tell you one thing though, if the race field is looking small, I’m totally lining up towards the front. No blue hairs will slow me down!

9 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Knock them blue hairs over - serves 'em right for lining up in front you!

Christy said...

I love that you just admitted that you stalk race results. Awe. some. Glad I'm not the only stalker out there...

Good luck on the 5K!

Pat said...

I think this race is mostly promoted to Lifetime Fitness members. They won't know what to do with themselves, not being on a treadmill.

Good luck, running around tempe lake is always fun.

Bob Hazen said...

Have a good race - sub 21 isn't bad at all. BTW you have to start somewhere. :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

LMAO at the shoe sponsor, seriously? Too funny. Have a great race!

The Sean said...

"I can’t remember the last time I ran a race by myself (not pacing) where I wasn’t in top running form"

Just leave that Garmin at home and you are well on your way to warrior running... where you fully the embrace vulnerability! Good luck!

BTW- I was just going to make the same comment as Anon...

Ace said...

Denial and Delusion are the most important parts of any successful race strategy!

RunnuRMark said...

I REALLLLY hope you're going to try some of those shoes on and take a pic for us.

Good luck!

BrianFlash said...

I have figured out that it isn't easy to just run a race for fun when all those other people are running hard.

I've got a 10 mile race on the day after Christmas and I'm supposed to run it easy. I already know that isn't going to work out...