Are you making your New Year’s resolutions yet? I make them too. But unlike other people who want to eat healthy, pay off debt, or travel to an exotic place; I want to get seeded for the Gate River Run 15k.
Every December 31st I register for this race that has been around since 1978. I ran my first one in 2009. My husband was running this iconic race since the early 90’s-I was pregnant with our first son when he ran the infamous 1993 River Run that got rescheduled because of the storm of the Century(I had Daniel a couple of days later). So it’s nearly December 31st and I’m stressing…why? I’ve had a year of injuries and my races have been few and slower than I normally run. I’ve been a seeded runner since 2010. That means I run with runners that run my same pace ,so I’m not weaving and dodging runners who run with jogging strollers or whose pace doesn’t match mine. I’ve done that before and heard horror stories from other runners who’ve experienced it too.
Okay time to look at old race results and hope the race I’m picking is USTAF certified. Since I ‘ve been injured this year(first with a tendon tear and then with a broken meta tercel) this is going to be difficult. No, they do not take training runs. I was under the impression that they only accepted races after the 2015 River Run, but luckily no…January 1, 2015 thru March 2016! Okay anything after March was awful, but I had a good race in February(Donna 5k-I had come in 3rd for my AG! even though I was in pain pushing it). Under a certain time meant I could get into either blue, red, green, orange, or black. Under 29:00 meant orange corral for me(27:41 was my qualifying time), but I’ll take it! Time to register!
If you want to qualify for one of the seeded spots, go to the 1stplacesports.com website and click on the Gate River Run link. The website gives you all sorts of information about the race. Click on the Top Seeded 5000 link and look at the times needed to qualify for the spots. Make a goal(my goal has been to get into the red section under 24:00 for a 5k-close but not there yet), start building a base(that means run/walk more than once a week), try speedwork(Jax Galloway meets Wednesdays, JTC meets Wednesdays a.m & p.m., PRS meets at various times and weekdays,& Enjoy Fitness meets Tuesday nights), take rest days, eat healthy, and enjoy the run. There are several Gate River Run Training groups you can sign up with too(you don’t have to go it alone). Don’t forget to sign up for some local races-your time needs to be proven. Give it a go.
Remember it’s not just about the destination it’s about the journey,