This morning I registered for the Annapolis Ten Mile Run . This in and of itself is not a risk. I completed the Delaware 10 mile race in May. I'm not concerned about the distance. I've been thinking about this as a training run for the Philly Distance Run in September. So why the hedge? This one is different.
This paragraph is what scares me:
- RULES: All participants must maintain at least a 12 minute per mile pace. Participants unable to do so by the 8 mile mark will be advised they are no longer official participants and will be required to either board transportation or move to the sidewalk and obey all pedestrian traffic rules. Those individuals that continue will cease being official participants and will not receive an official finisher’s time or finisher’s premium. This rule will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.
This is a risk.
I have consistently broken 12 minutes on the treadmill, but not outside of my basement. This will require a reduction of 22 minutes, 2:12 per mile, off of my Delaware pace. That's a huge bridge to gap.
This doesn't even take into account the hilly nature of the course, which looks more akin to the teeth inside a sharks mouth than a nice, flat road to run. Here, there is risk.
Add to this hilly course, the weather factor. 8 am temperature in late August could easily be 80+. Let's not forget humidity, which often exceeds 80%. Here, too, there is risk.
If I don't meet the deadline, what happens then? Nothing really. I don't get a medal. I don't get the shirt. More of a concern is a moral defeat. Not finishing something that I've started. Forget the fact that 2 hours is an arbitrary number, not finishing scares the hell out of me!
So, I will train. I will run. I will be there on time and I'll do the best that I can. I will learn from the experience. That is all that I can do. That is all anyoune could do.