The Rowdy Run 5K at MMC

It’s the end of the semester, and stress is high. Between finals, reports, lesson plans, and releasing two separate novels in the last few weeks, I feel like I’ve been running like mad–and not just in my Asics.

Luckily, there’s a goal. This Saturday–weather permitting–I’ll be running in the Rowdy Run, a 5K that my school is sponsoring. I don’t know how I’ll do, and I certainly don’t expect a PR, but I’m going to get out and run it.

I’m actually very excited because having a race set and paid for is a great motivator. I can go out and run a 25-27 minute 5K almost any day, which sometimes keeps me inside. I know I can do it, so…meh.

But with a race set, I have to. I have to go run, and I have to maintain my ability to run it.

And since it’s not my first-ever 5K like the UCP one was in October, I’m not going to be stressing out about the overall experience. For once, I’m just going to be able to put on my running shoes, turn on some ridiculously upbeat music, and see how my legs handle that many hills.

In addition, my wife (who is now on Twitter as @jbkeeton13, by the way!) is going to be running, as are multiple of my colleagues and friends. So really, it’s just a friendly get-together where we all get sweaty for about half an hour.

So with all the stress that comes with this time of year, it’s nice to know that there’s a good, no-pressure race set. And with all the hubbub and tragedy that’s going on with the Boston Marathon yesterday, a no-pressure race is something a lot of us in this sport could use.

Do you ever use a race as a way to de-stress, or are they always a way to push yourself?

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