Tomorrow is the first race of the season for me. I was out searching for a graphic to post, and this one made me chuckle! NO, I'm not running the race in the pic; it's just quite humorous! I am amazed at how many races have BEER and other drinks at the Post-Race parties; usually at the end of my races, the LAST thing I want is some sort of alcohol. But, I'm not much of a drinker anyway (**saying calmly as I take a sip of DH's Smirnoff Ice: Raspberry Burst**). Nah, really; I don't drink much; not since I had some lovely alcohol poisoning back on my 21st birthday (12 years ago). T'wasn't a good night, nor the week following it! I was in the hospital, severely dehydrated! Now, I keep my drinks to a minimum (2-3 max at a time); but usually don't drink all that much at all.
Anyway---back to running. Yeah, first "race" of the season tomorrow. HA! Let's just call it a training run where I cough up $15.00 for a "free" T-shirt. :0) Besides, Julie and I have run this 5K race for the last three years; it's kind of a ritual "first-kick-in-the-butt-of-the-season." And this year, that is EXACTLY what it will be----a SWIFT kick in the butt for both of us. She also (thankfully) has not been running. BUT, we both know that after this initial race, it's time to get serious if we want a PR on our Marathon-relay coming up in August. (read about last year's race... Paavo Nurmi 2008.)
So....it's now 9:35. Time to hit the hay. Tomorrow will be a stress-free run; neither of us have any serious goal other than gettin' out there and run. (In my mind: 31:00 sounds JUST fine to me! (that would be a 10:00/mile pace)).