The race, Spring Forward 5K/10K, is down in Mountain View on the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus & Shoreline Park. It's another charity race, but thankfully significantly cheaper than the last charity 5K I ran. Weirdly, although I've been to a bunch of concerts at Shoreline, lived on the Peninsula for three years, & even worked near Mountain View briefly, I've never been running there, so all I know about the course is that it will be a mix of concrete & packed dirt trail. (Anyone run down there before & have additional info?)
Ostensibly, I'm just running this race for fun and because I had a discount code for it. But, now that I've run one 5K post-injury & established a baseline, it's hard not to approach this one with the goal of beating my time (22:06). Which, honestly, shouldn't be very hard since 1) I have three additional weeks of running 20+ minutes at a time without walk breaks under my belt, 2) I can run long enough now for both a race AND a quick warm-up, & 3) it won't be 80F out (unless something truly freakish happens). So while a post-sfx PR isn't guaranteed, the odds are definitely in my favor.
Honestly, I would be perfectly happy just to run under 22:00, & at the the low end I think a sub-7:00 pace (~21:40) is the absolute fastest I could reasonably dream of at this point. (My guess is that's probably still out of reach for now, but it's good to have stretch goals.) My other big goal, to the extent that I really have any, is to go out at a more reasonable pace given my current fitness. At Get Lucky my first mile was 6:45, which is a great 5K first mile for me when I'm in good shape, but given that my 2nd & 3rd miles were 7:14 & 7:13, it's definitely not defensible right now. I'm willing to cut myself a little slack in the negative split department given how out of practice I am at this distance, but if I can hold myself to say 7:05-10ish out of the gate, I think I'll be much better off.
I have spent the last few days (apparently) utterly trashing my quads & hamstrings, so until Saturday, the name of the game is rest up. Because while I am *really* just doing it for fun, I would also prefer not to suck.
Update: Oh, hey, part of the trashing of my quads is apparently an enormous bruise across my right thigh! #karateproblems #goodtimes