Tomorrow, I will be running in the Hot Chocolate 15K race in St. Louis. I have ran in this race once before (last December) but only did the 5K race. This will be my first ever 15K race, so that means I will get an automatic PR. Even though a PR is inevitable, I still have many goals for this race and will definitely be pushing myself to run my best!
Yesterday, I dropped by the race expo in St. Louis Union Station to pick up my packet. The expo was fairly small with around 10 or so booths, but it was very fast and easy to navigate. I arrived about an hour after the expo began, and I didn’t have to wait in any lines to get my bib. After receiving my bib, I headed over to pick up one of the many perks of this race – the awesome hoodie! This hoodie is not for running in, but more for everyday wear. I couldn’t believe how comfortable it was and it will definitely be getting a lot of use. Along with the hoodie, I also received a free running hat since I had a coupon code for one during my registration. The hat is really nice dri-fit quality, and I can see myself using it a lot as well.
The weather for tomorrow’s race couldn’t be more perfect for a race in the middle of December in the Midwest. Last year, it was awful as it had snowed the night before and it was frigid in the morning for the race. But tomorrow, the high is going to be 59 degrees and will be 46 degrees and sunny at the 7:30AM start! I am leaning towards wearing shorts (WHAT?! In December?!) and a long sleeve shirt, but I might change it depending on how I feel in the morning.
My main goal is to finish the race in under 1:20 minutes. My ultimate goal is to be around 1:17, which is around an 8:15/mile pace. I know this is possible, but I haven’t been really working on my speed lately so I am not positive that I will be able to run at that pace for over 9 miles.
Hopefully I will reach at least one of my goals and be able to really enjoy my hot chocolate and goodies at the end!