Friday night was the Chester Tester Hill climb, which was on my calendar back when it was the Spirit Mountain 1 Mile; the course got changed from the original plan of just running up the ski hill as hard as possible and I decided it didn't sound as much fun.
Today's the PACE 5K, raising funds for prostate cancer (awareness? research? treatment? I forget.) Carl Gammon's doing it, as he's had a personal encounter with that particular cancer and I thought I'd join him - after all, I know perhaps a dozen men with prostate cancer - but he's running it with his daughters. Then I looked at last year's results; Pete Kessler and Kirt Goetzke ran 16 and 17 minutes and they're exactly my age and I'm not in that kind of shape.
Tomorrow's the MMRF 5K on my home course at Lake Phalen. It's for multiple myeloma and Don Wright's doing it, as he's dealing with that cancer and I may join him, as his pace would make a nice warm-up. I looked at last year's results and I could enter and win without much trouble (under 20 minutes would do it). I don't need the "low-hanging fruit" that badly. I looked at my old calendars and found that my streak of years with at least one win is far spottier than I thought; there were many years I thought the same thing: why win a race that I don't... race.
Today's also the In Yan Teopa 10 Mile, a trail run I've always enjoyed, despite/because of one killer hill. I'm just not in shape to race it just now, but look forward to seeing the results.
I'm reconsidering my racing plans again. The plan to do a 5 minute mile has a few snags. 1) I'd either have to find an indoor track once it snows or run fast in snow. 2) My heels, especially the bursae under the achilles tendons, hurt all the time now from the speedwork. 3) I'm not sure I can get in that kind of shape that fast any more. 4) I have a couple of new ideas about how to train for long races that have me thinking about changing plans.
I burned out on ultras from over-racing. I've always raced often, but I stopped looking forward to doing them. I think what I need to do is to just get back in gernerally good shape without exact plans, then enter races in which I develop an interest (but which don't require signing up months in advance) and not announce to everyone what my plans are, to take off the pressure and performance anxiety.
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