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Would you run a 10K with no prep?

Image description: (MEC 10K in October 2017) Tracy standing in the right foreground in running shorts, tank, and shoes with a race bib 2065. Canopy with MEC sign hanging from it in the left background, and a race podium (1-2-3), and a finish line inflatable arch, and a few people in the background. Green grass, fall leaves, trees.
Image description: (MEC 10K in October 2017) Tracy standing in the right foreground in running shorts, tank, and shoes with a race bib 2065. Canopy with MEC sign hanging from it in the left background, and a race podium (1-2-3), and a finish line inflatable arch, and a few people in the background. Green grass, fall leaves, trees.

As I’ve mentioned a few times this winter, my training has gone sideways. I’ve stuck with personal training but running? Extremely sporadic training schedule. So my commitment to do the MEC series at the 10K distance seems awfully ambitious considering the first event of my line-up is…wait for it….Saturday!

We’ve also had shit weather and basically there was no way I was going out in the ice storm on the weekend. All I did was 25 minutes on the treadmill. Then this week with weather and media and all manner of this and that, it doesn’t look like I’ll get more than a short one in before Saturday. Then Saturday: 10K.

Obviously the question has arisen in my mind: really? Must I?

Answer: yes really. But must I? No. I get to choose. But I’m going to choose the follow through. Why? Because you can only get momentum going by doing the thing. The more I pass up opportunities to get back into the game the harder it is.

So I’m doing it. My race strategy is: enjoy. I’ve got my feminist playlist. Environment Canada is forecasting double digit highs. And the race doesn’t even start until 9:35. My objective here is to establish a baseline to beat next time.

The upside of going in cold on Saturday is there is nowhere to go but up in May. And then I have the entire summer to train for early September and late October (between which I’m throwing in the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon as a “welcome back Anita” event).

To answer the question posed in my title: yes. I would and I will.

What would you do?

8 thoughts on “Would you run a 10K with no prep?

  1. I’d do it. I like the idea of establishing a slow start of season baseline to improve upon. For me, that makes me feel good about training. If I thought, for me, the distance was too much, or if I needed to feel good about running, I’d downgrade to a speedy 5 km. But I’d definitely do it. No sleet in the forecast! Woohoo!

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  2. yes, because you have done it before, your body knows how….. you are experienced…and you have maintained during the winter, if someone hadnt run at all in like a year this would be a bad idea…. but you should be fine

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  3. What a great idea, to do it as a baseline/fun run. It’s such a gift to yourself– you like running, you haven’t been running much, you signed up to do some running, so… you’re going running on Saturday. Go Tracy Go!

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  4. p.s. It’s very likely other participants are in exactly the same boat, having had to deal with the same beastly weather. So there may be lots of solidarity to draw on, too.

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