I decided a couple months ago I would run the 15k road race championships. A trip to Jacksonville during Minnesota’s snowiest month? Yes, please. A reason to taper between U.S. Cross Country and the track season? Sounds like a good idea. Another team competition with Meghan, Ladia, and Mckenzie as teammates? I know we can rock it. I was thinking the event would be a great way for me to get a taste of a longer race while doing a great strength workout before track.
But now that the race is a couple weeks away, and the entry list is out (http://www.usatf.org/Events---
I am not as confident in my decision to run the race. The race is almost twice as far as the
farthest distance I have raced so far – an xc 8k, and the field is incredibly
deep. Richard Fannin, Gate River Race
Director, sent out some stats about the women’s field this year:
· 29 women with 15:59 or better at 5,000
· 36 women with 33:59 or better at 10,000
· 31 women with 1:15:59 or better at half-marathon
Yikes! Those are a lot of fast women.
Runner’s Space (http://www.runnerspace.com/) will be there, so check out the race on March 9th.