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.