What’s Next

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!  I know someone who's in the holiday spirit...

For the past month since the Stone Mill 50 miler, running has been quite low on my priority list. I haven't run more than 15 miles per week, and I've been supplementing 2-3 runs per week with some light cross training and strength training at the gym.
Having said that, I am ready to get back into running. I have truly enjoyed my time off from training, but I never feel as healthy and confident as when I'm running regularly. 
In order to jump start my motivation, I decided to sign up for my first 5k! I have wanted to race a 5k for years now, but never really got around to it. So I did some research and found a perfect race for me: 

January 1, 2014
Sly Fox Brewery, Pottstown, PA  at 12:00 PM 
There are several reasons I chose this race as my first 5k. One of my goals for 2014 (upcoming post on these soon) is to run my first 5k. So why not accomplish this goal on the first day of 2014? Also, Sly Fox is a great local brewery and I can't say no to a race located on the premises. Finally, the race begins at noon which will allow me to wake up and hydrate well beforehand. Furthermore, I almost never run in the early morning, when most races start, so I'm sure I'll feel a little more awake at this starting line.
Since I'm going from a 50 miler straight to a 5k, I'm not expecting any crazy fast times. It's nice that I'll have an automatic PR since it's my first 5k. Having said that, I would like to run at a fast-for-me pace, which would be around 8 minutes per mile. That would put me just under 25 minutes, which I think is a fairly realistic goal for me. 
Until then, I'll be focusing on getting back into a regular running routine over the next couple of weeks.  I feel best when I'm running 30-40 miles per week, so I'm going to ease my way back into that mileage and try to maintain it during the winter. I'm also going to try to add at least 1 fast run per week to give me the feeling of the pace I'll run at the 5k. 
Anyone have any good tips for running my first 5k? 

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