So, this year, I put in my estimated finish time as though I'd been training all along, and then I registered for the race. When you do this, you have to provide proof that you're super speedy, so I put in my last year's 10K PR. It's 2 minutes slower than I'd like to have run this year. And then, I held my breath to see what they would do. Because I really want to be seeded with my girl friends so I don't have to stand alone in a crowd of 32K people. Really, this race is huge in Richmond. It's so huge that many people are finishing long before other people have even started. And they're nazi's about the waves. If you're not in the right wave, they will kick you out.
AND- I checked the site today to see where I've been placed: I am seeded in WAVE G.
I know, that my regular readers know that g. is my nick-name for my Nick-Name. I have a nice fancy name, Virginia. That's quite a mouthful for a neurotic stay at home mom, so I shortened it... and shortened it again... and it became such a habit to sign my name g., that people I know started calling me that, and I liked it. I liked it so much that I re-named my best friend "T", when I'm fairly certain she HAD a full name when we met, and another V, because her name, like mine, is a mouthful and really, who has time to write it out? V's name suits her too.
So, even if I decide to drop back into a slower wave, I get to have the Seeded Wave G BIB #, and that makes me happy today. Not as happy as running a 52 minute 10K, but you know, you can't have everything.