May 25, 2016

It's (almost) race day!

For those of you who haven't had the privilege of spending the night before a race with my Mom, you haven't heard her legendary "it's race day" cry that she usually squeals when she hops out of bed on race morning. Now you understand the secondary meaning of the title of this post. But really, it is almost race day for me.

Saturday, I'll be running the Chick-fil-a 10k as my first race, post-injury. To say I'm excited is an understatement! My focus leading up to this race has been a smart approach to running. I have trained pretty conservatively and have no aspirations for a PR on Saturday, but I do have some goals.


1. Soak up the race experience. It's been about 7 months since I have toed the starting line at a race and I am so pumped! I want to revel in the spectators's cheers, thank volunteers, and soak up the running community.

2. Run smart. While I don't have a PR goal, I want to run a very well-paced race. I plan to start the first two miles at a 9-9:10 pace. The next to miles, I want to be right at 9:00, and then the last 2.2 miles, I want to test my legs and really push into 8-something pace. I love negative splitting a race so that is a big focal point for me.

3. Smile. The other day, Amy from Tiny Terror commented that her only goal for her first race back from an injury was a good race photo. And I loved that idea! While I'm not necessarily focusing on the photos, I want to smile...it relaxes you and who knows, I might get a race glamour shot!

4. Eat some Chick-fil-a! I may be a personal trainer but I still love me some Chick-fil-a. And come on people...did you really think I would want to run this race without enjoying a chicken sandwich afterwards? No way! I'm secretly (ok, I guess it's not a secret anymore) hoping that we win the free Chick-fil-a for a year raffle prize.

5. Find my groove. Racing is different than training. I haven't raced a local race in a while. I just want to feel comfortable, happy, and in the zone. Then I'll know, this phase of injury is truly in the rearview mirror.

Ok, so now let's talk about the important stuff...favorite item to get at Chick-fil-A! Mine is a toss up between nuggets, the peppermint chocolate milkshake and waffle fries...or all three!
{Christine}

22 comments:

  1. I am also looking forward to doing some local races this summer an the focus definitely won't be on "time" but all those other things you've mentioned.

    I've only ever ate at Chick-fil-a one time and I don't even remember what I got. Must not have been that memorable..haha. I hope you have a fantastic race an get a beautiful race photo to commemorate it!!!

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    1. Chick-fil-A is definitely a big southern thing I think! The one near our house has a line around the place almost all the time! Enjoy your fun races this summer! :)

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  2. Sorry, I pretty much never eat at Chik-fil-A. Not my thing.

    Great goals! No matter how terrible I'm feeling, I smile when I see a photographer. You only get those honest photos when I don't see them, LOL!

    I do like negative splits, and I hope you achieve your goal (and maybe surprise yourself -- you never know).

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    1. Thanks, Judy! Picking up my race bib today made me really excited.

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  3. There has been a Chick-fil-A down the street for a couple of years. It was a huge deal when it opened since the chain was new to CA. I still haven't checked it out.
    Enjoy your race!

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    1. Oh yea it's a big thing in the south. I'm probably way over-hyping it. I never eat fast food and I enjoy it as a treat once in a while. I also love that their staff (teenagers!) are trained to say "my pleasure" to the customers.

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  4. Good luck with the race! It sounds like you've got a great mindset going into it. And good luck with the free Chick-fil-a for a year raffle :) I love the idea of winning free food for a year but I suppose it could get old after a couple months.

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    1. I think my husband was looking forward of taking advantage of free Chick-fil-A if we win :)

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  5. I hope you have a fantastic race this weekend, Christine. And who knows, maybe there will be an awesome finish line photo of you with that huge smile on your face. I mean, how can you not smile knowing that there's Chick-Fil-A at the finish for you?

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  6. I love doing local races in the summer...especially since I know my pace usually isn't anywhere close to what it normally is because I can't stand the heat, so it's nice to get out and enjoy the experience. Have an awesome race -- sounds like a really fun time! :)

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    1. Summer races definitely have a more low-key vibe I think. I also like that this race is on Saturday so I can enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  7. To this date, that race photo from my first race post-injury is one of the best (you can see it here: https://thetinyterror.com/2014/07/14/race-the-landing-5-2456/).

    I hope you have a wonderful race and just celebrate being able to run. You've got other races to shoot for a PR or a time goal, but I like that you have a strategy going into this one. Plus there will be CFA at the finish to motivate you. Personally, I like the ice dream... especially the peppermint chocolate chip but without the mint syrup, that one is always out around Christmas and so tasty.

    Amy Lauren

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    1. Those are GREAT photos, Amy! I love the one with the brick pillars! Thanks for your vote of support - picking up my bib today made me extra excited. :)

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  8. YAY I hope you have so much fun! You totally deserve to enjoy a sandwich after the race! Your favorites are also mine...love the waffle fries and peppermint shake!

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    1. Thanks girl! We got a coupon for a free sandwich or biscuit with our packet so I'm curious what else is at the finish line.

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  9. EVERYTHING AT CHICKFILA. God, I love it all. I usually order a chargrilled with extra pickles, but if I really could eat whatever I wanted, I would get... all of it. And an ice dream cone.

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    1. I usually order a chargrilled too cause you know...trying to be healthy and stuff.

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  10. I hope you have a wonderful race!! Keep smiling, you are so right it is relaxing :)

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm really looking forward to it!

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  11. I'm excited to read about your first race back. Your goals are fantastic. I may steal some for my race tomorrow. ;) I think it's really important soak up the race and smile. I take races for granted sometimes and can forget how cool they are until 1. it's been a while since my last or 2. I'm with someone new to racing. Have a great weekend!

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  12. I hope you were able to find your groove during the race. It's wonderful that you have recovered from the injury and are back at it. The waffle fries are my favorite, followed by the nuggets (or whatever they call them).

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