Getting seriously nervous for my race on Saturday
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Saturday is my first ever 10K race, and I am really getting nervous. I don't know why, really. I did not intend to peak for this race--I want to peak for the fall race season for a 10K in October. This is supposed to be my "dress rehearsal" for that race, right? Doesn't matter, I'm still nervous.
I've never run the 10K distance, not even in training. I ran a 6-miler one day, ran 5 miles last Sunday and near 4 miles today. I'm supposed to be "tapering" down for the race, but I keep finding it hard to cut back, mostly because of my uncertainty. I'll rest Friday, but I'm waffling about tomorrow--cross-training? I usually do the elliptical. Or an easy run? The 4 miles was fairly easy today, but I was pretty slow. Almost 41 minutes, and I never had to stop and wait at any stoplights.
I've never been a runner, never trained with a coach. Am I overtraining? Should I rest for two days before the race? Aaaagh!
Fortunately, next year I am going to join the local running club and have a coach. Since the remainder of this year is so short for running season, I cannot afford to pay for coaching, but I will for next year. I need guidance!!