I’m ready to run with the mermaids at the Chartway Norfolk Harbor 10K this weekend

People running the Norfolk Harbor race - runner in center is especially happy
Here’s a photo from a previous Norfolk Harbor race. (Photo courtesy of Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon Weekend)

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Back in April, when I first blogged about the Chartway Norfolk Harbor 10K, I wondered if the race would be my sub-50. With the race coming up on Sunday, I have to say the answer is no.

However, I’m OK with that. Although I don’t think I’m in sub-50-minute shape right now, I think sub-55 could be a possibility. To run a sub-55-minute 5K, I’d have to run an average of just under 8:51 per mile, which still seems like a stretch, but at least more doable than sub-50.

At the Veterans Day 10K on Nov. 10, I had a great race and ran 57:07 for my fastest time in two years. Until I sped up in the last mile, I kept every mile between 9:09 and 9:18. I figure if I was able to be that consistent, then maybe I can try to push it a little more this weekend.

I’ve been reading Meb Keflezighi’s latest book, “26 Marathons,” and one of the things he mentioned was setting multiple goals so that if the first one doesn’t work out, you still have something to shoot for. I like to do this anyway, but it was a good reminder.

Mermaid statue in Norfolk with a wreath on it
I’ll be looking for mermaids like this as I run! (Photo courtesy of Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon Weekend)

So, here are my goals for the Norfolk Harbor 10K this Sunday:

A: Sub-55 minutes (obviously I’d prefer sub-50 minutes, but I don’t think that’s reasonable)

B: Beat my time from the 2016 Across the Bay 10K: 55:45. If I can beat the Across the Bay time, I will run my fastest 10K since the Skipjack Run in 2015, where I ran 54:06.

C: Beat my time from last weekend’s Veterans Day 10K: 57:07.

D: Finish under an hour

I’m not worried about being able to finish the race, but of course I’d like to finish.

I’m looking forward to running this race for the first time and exploring Norfolk on foot and during the weekend. The race website says the course is flat, which is super important in order for me to try to run fast.

The Post Race Party includes music, drinks (beer and White Claw) and short rib chili. There are also nice medals and shirts.

If you’d like to join me at this race, there are numerous race options, and registration is still open. Register sooner rather than later to ensure you get your spot (and because the races are this weekend).

Race weekend includes a 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and the half marathon and 10K, which both start at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. All races start at Waterside Drive. There’s also a kids’ race at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Options also include the Nauti Lite Challenge, in which participants run the 5K and 10K, and the Get Nauti Challenge, in which participants run the 5K and half marathon.

Current prices are $105 for the half marathon, $50 for the 5K, $65 for the 10K, $25 for the Nautical Mile kids’ race, $120 for the Nauti Lite challenge and $160 for the Get Nauti challenge.

Want to run? Learn more about the race weekend and sign up here.

Stay tuned for my photos from the expo and post-race on social media to see if I meet my goal! I’ll also be blogging about my race experience next week.

Check out the (all 5-star) reviews of the race on BibRave here.

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