It’s been over six months since I participated in my last race. The no-racing streak will end tomorrow when I take part in the Portland Shamrock 8k. Eight kilometers is no marathon, neither is it a trail race nor is the distance in the neighborhood of a 50k ultra-marathon. But it is a race and I’m a-gonna do it!
I’m more nervous about this 8K than I need to be. I’ve said over and over to myself that the race is nothing more than a new starting point. It’ll be a baseline with which I inform my training and racing plans. It is hard though. I feel very stressed tonight. The race is hours away and I don’t feel fast enough. I don’t feel lean enough. I just don’t feel ready.