Worry Free Training Month

To be honest the last two weeks of training haven’t really been seriously training.  I’ve been running easy and doing what I want. (Really when is that anything new?) Right now I’m in a period of transition (where I plan to be for a month or so).  I don’t have any specific races I’m training for.  (The Wineglass marathon is far off in October).  I got the half marathon PR I had been wanting so for not I’m relaxed with my running.  Yes I’m still running high mileage but I don’t have any immediate goals in the near future.  I’m actually in the process of actively seeking out a coach to help me with my next fall marathon.  (another post for another day)

All of that being said I do have a few races I’m signed up for.

April 27: The NJ half marathon next weekend.  I am excited to run this race.  I’m not looking for a PR but I am looking to meet a lot of people I know traveling to the race.  Not limited to two of my best friends Laura and Heather. The famous Boring Runner and NYC running mama.  Oh and let’s not forget Amelia and Danielle too.  Yeah it’s going to be a party. Yes, I do realize I just used my allotted amount of links for the day in one paragraph.  Oh well, they are all great bloggers. I would like to be around 1:25-1:26 again but we will see where my fitness (and jet lag) takes me.

May 4 The Broad Street 10 miler. 

Living near Philadelphia, you have to do this race.  I have to do this race. My goal is to be around 62-63 minutes if the weather is right. It’s the nations largest 10 mile race and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.

June 1st Run for the Dream Half Marathon

Located in Williamsburg, VA this is one of my favorite races.  I had to come home this weekend to do it.  Plus coming back home, I can talk with my parents more about wedding stuff.  So it’s a win win situation.  It’s a very hot, hilly race but it is a lot of fun.


Those are the three I have right now to do.  Since my 10 mile PR comes from the Atlantic City half, I would like to think I could PR in that.  Who knows though, I’m just taking it easy for a while so I don’t burn out in marathon training in a few months.

I achieved what I wanted this Spring.  I got a half marathon PR.  I am not worried about getting more PR’s right now.  I think of running kind like gambling and the lottery.

You must stop while you are ahead.  When you train hard and PR, you want to achieve more PR’s almost immediately after you get the first.  When I crossed the Atlantic City finish line I thought: When and where is my next half marathon PR?  Can I drop another 90 seconds?  Could I PR again at the NJ half?

It’s like gambling.  You win 500 dollars and you think, can you win another 500?  Can you risk it all and win?  You could risk it all and lose it all.  Or you could risk it all and double or triple your winnings.  In running you could continue hard training when you should be reocvering and then injure yourself.

I would rather play it safe and wait to run a lot of hard races for a while.  If I magically PR while recovering, great, if I don’t…I still know I’m going to have a great and fun time at these races.  I love the atmosphere of races and seeing my friends.

So that is where I’m at with training.  Staying safe and continuing to recover with easy mileage.  No goal “A” races for a while. 

Questions for you:

Do you like the 10 mile distance?

How much of the year do you consider yourself in “nonserious training”? 

Realistically I think this year I’ll have spent late Jan-April in serious training for half marathons and late June-October in serious training for Wineglass full marathon.


24 responses

  1. You are a very wise woman, Hollie, for taking a step back after such a successful spring season. You can still train and keep a base going without pushing yourself, which lets you recover and avoid long-term fatigue. It’ll pay off well in October.

  2. You have a great attitude toward training and racing and it obviously shows as you are continually improving and remaining injury-free. 🙂 I love the 10 mile distance and used to run them daily but have not raced that distance before as they aren’t offered too often. My next race is in October…which is exactly 2 years from my last one so I basically had a long-ass period of non-strenuous training, lol.

  3. Must feel so good to be taking it easy for a while, after training hard for your halves, and knowing soon you’ll be starting marathon training.
    Good luck in your upcoming races.

  4. I so totally agree with your attitude – I think it’s human nature to keep wanting more, but that isn’t always the right thing to do! Right now I’m not running and all, and while it isn’t my plan, I’m hoping that someday soon it’ll be pain free because I took time off. Perspective is a very good thing to keep!

  5. Personally I never really consider myself ‘in training’ because I’m not a good enough runner to be training seriously. Also, I consider running the general point of my life and my only real source of pleasure/fun/enjoyment, so I’m not about to do track work that would bore the pants off me – the only speedwork I can handle is of the tempo or interval variety, and those pace calculators always tell me I’m never fast enough anyway 😛 I just like being in a permanent state of ticking along, whereby if a marathon comes up that I want to run, I can throw in a 20 mile or so long run and be ready for it…I am most definitely not competing at your level though, and I can absolutely see why someone of your ability would need some downtime in order not to burn out – the same goes for elites.

    I don’t mind 10 mile races, because the last 3.1 miles of a half are always agony and a run/walk/limp of shame for me, so to cut them out is quite nice! I always under-perform even for my mediocre abilities at 10 miles just as I do for 13.1 miles though, so I have mixed feelings about the distance.


  6. I will be there for the NJ marathon, spectating! If I see you running, I’ll snap some pics.
    What I like about your training, is that you aren’t afraid to take “easy” weeks, in that you run without worrying about hitting specific targets. I feel like this is good mentally as well as physically.

    • YAY okay, we will have to meet up too!

      I really think training is life long and there is no need to stress yourself out with training from a single week. Just my opinion though…

      • I will try! We get in on Saturday in the afternoon and will probably be at the expo shortly thereafter, IDK. We’re staying pretty close to the race, sort of.
        I definitely believe in your opinion and relate to it. Someone on LetsRun (probably a troll) said that there are runners who believe that if you miss a week of your scheduled mileage, your whole training is off. Obviously, that’s not how it works, and thinking that way leads to overtraining.

  7. I have never run a 10 mile race, but I think I would love it honestly! I can run 10 miles with no problem, its after 10 I start going down hill.

    I typically consider myself not in serious training once it gets too cold to run outside…lol. So around December to March I’m not SERIOUSLY training… Once the weather is nice, I can’t wait to get out there and just RUN…..good luck next wknd!

  8. I’m not much of a gambler, so I think you have a great plan! I’ve only done two 10 milers, but the more I think about it, the more I love the distance. Long enough to be a physical and mental challenge, but not so long it takes too long to recover. A 3rd place age group finish in my last 10 miler might have me a little biased though 😉

  9. I’ll answer the questions first. 1) I like the 10 mile distance a lot, and I wish there were more of them in my neighborhood. It’s been a while since I’ve done one. 2) I estimate that I am in non-serious training for about 1/3 of the year. My marathon training plans are 16 weeks long so I’ll only mix in other races if they further the training for the marathon. (My half PR came while training for Chicago in 2012)

    I think you have a good approach for the next few months. However, listen to your body. Don’t rule out a shot at another PR before Wineglass this fall. Keep yourself healthy and take some recovery weeks every now and then, and I predict you’re going to blow the doors off your marathon time this fall!

  10. I love your style of training! I’ve always followed some online training plan to the t – but am getting a lot less structured (all though I don’t run nearly as many miles!).

    I love 10 mile races/runs…it feels like just the perfect distance. And I typically do “serious training” about 8 months out of the year, for a peak race in the spring and fall +about 2 months of rest in between.

  11. I stumbled across this blog some time ago…very inspiring and I enjoy reading your posts!

    The Broad Street Run was my first “long” (as in, not a 5k) race and the one where I finally thought of myself as a runner. I haven’t done a ton of races, but it’s by far my favorite. It’s a quick one (straight and flat/downhill…can’t complain) and the spectators are great! Hope you rock it out and have an awesome time 🙂

  12. Your approach sounds really great! I like ten milers but I have never really “raced” one but I would imagine it would feel really challenging. I prefer longer distances but its nice that with a 10 miler it doesn’t require as long of a recovery like the half or full marathon. I usually do non-serious training 2-3 times a year for a week or two…usually following a big race.

  13. 10 miles is my favorite race distance. It was also my first race distance so that could be why. I would say that in my short 3 years running career I have been out with a busted knee or ankle so at this point I have been lucky to get in a solid 3 months training at a time : (

  14. Sometimes we need periods like this Hollie, and there is nothing wrong with that. I have plenty of those coming my way soon, and I am actually looking forward to it. It is nice to relax with no pressure and just run!

    I loved racing Cherry Blossom 10 mile! I am so jealous you get to race broad street, it starts right by La Salle, but we are at our conferences that weekend so I will be coaching. I wish I could have done it though. Please enjoy a few steps for me 🙂

  15. We are seriously in the same training boat. We both did work recently and don’t have any “big” races for a while. And there’s something to be said for doing a race totally “for fun” without a goal time in mind.

  16. I really like ten mile races, although I haven’t ran many. It’s a great distance though, IMO.
    I think you are definitely being smart though!

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