So I was sitting here trying to think of something to say for my Lame Post Friday post, and I remembered something I wanted to check: the Falling Leaves 14K in Utica, NY. Regular readers may know that I did not run the Boilermaker 15K this year, although I have run it in the past. I have never run the Falling Leaves but have always wanted to. In fact, there was one year when I was seriously thinking about it. That was when I found out it was 14K, not five or ten as I had thought. I believe I wrote a blog post detailing my chagrin.
As I have been running lately, I have been keeping the race in my mind’s eye. During a run, I often figure in my head how soon I will be running how long if I increase by 10 percent weekly. For one reason, doing the math distracts me from running. For another reason, setting goals can be helpful. I would like to set the Falling Leaves run as a goal.
But can I make it? I missed my 10 percent increase last week. Well, one cannot always meet the ideal (oh, I suppose YOU can?) (you know who you are). When is this race anyways? September, I knew. I seemed to think it was around the 14th. The closest Sunday to that (I know it’s on a Sunday) is the 16th. Oh dear, I have a murder mystery on Sept. 15 (at the Herkimer Elks Lodge; I’ll write more blog posts about that as I get more details) (preview of coming attractions). I don’t want to run a major race the day after a murder mystery! This race is only 1K shorter than the Boilermaker. The day before the Boilermaker, I drink Gatorade, eat pasta, and go to bed early; I don’t kill anybody. I just do not have that kind of energy at my age.
The little devil on my shoulder said, “Hey, you may be off the hook. You can just run what you feel like running and do the Falling Leaves next year. What a good plan! There could be no possible objection.” So I checked.
Sept. 23. The week AFTER my murder mystery. Why, that even gives me another week to increase by 10 percent! IT! COULD! WORK! (That is a quote from the movie Young Frankenstein, for the uninitiated). The cost of registration does not go up till Aug. 28. That gives me plenty of time to make an irrevocable decision. But I think it’s looking good.
Incidentally, the picture above is me running the East Herkimer Fire Department 5K Race last October. I plan to run that one, too. I am in fine shape to run a 5K.