Happy Friday! I’m so relieved it’s Friday. Kids are out of school Monday so long weekends, with rain, and cooler weather, are tops in my book. Maybe we’ll actually be able to eat soup!! Fingers crossed. Especially after the awful heat we’ve had this week. I’ve been complaining, a lot. It’s just that heat AND high humidity are like my running nemesis. I just don’t deal well with heat and humidity. I almost cried on my run yesterday, at a major intersection for all to see. It’s ridiculous really. Ok, enough about the weather….let’s talk about racing.
I registered for The Showdown Half marathon several months ago, more than several in fact. I don’t even remember when I registered for this race. I know it’s been long enough for me to forget I had even done it, until I received an email a few weeks ago. Oops. I registered before I had decided to run a full in December and tackle the Hanson’s method, so I had just taken it off my radar. Once I saw the email I knew I had to decide whether or not to race.
I immediately checked my training schedule. This weekend I was scheduled for 15 miles. Perfect. I’ll just run the half and tack on an extra 2 shake out miles after I get home. No biggy. But, then I started freaking out about racing or running too hard. The Hanson’s method is very specific on pacing. Long runs are supposed to be an easy conversational pace. So, that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve actually been running them slightly faster, but not at my half marathon pace. At all. So, the silly pride in me hesitated to run this half. I have no idea where I am in my training as far as putting it out there and racing. Plus, I feel like I’m coming down with a cold. I don’t want to be slower than my previous half marathon pace, but I don’t want to compromise all my hard work up to this point either. Am I the only one who struggles with this?!?!
So, the question is should you race during a training cycle? Here’s what I’ve come up with. If it fits in your training, doesn’t compromise your increase in mileage(in my case it doesn’t), and isn’t a really demanding course then go for it. I’ve also decided to run on feel. If my body is feeling good, I may push a little, but not too much. This is just a fun way to push myself a little and see where I am in this process. It’s also great for me because I run alone. This gives me a training run….with PEOPLE!!! So excited about that. Plus, you get a shirt(obviously why I race) and a medal. I’m also excited about supporting the local town of Fairview and running a new route. All perks of racing while training. It’ll be a great pick me up.
I know however that tomorrow is not my goal. My goal is still 9 weeks away. So, if my body or my mind…or both…just don’t show up, that’s ok. Finish the race, have fun and keep trucking. I get to enjoy some(hopefully) cooler temps and run with some friends who are also racing tomorrow. So, why not race? I’m not breaking records ya’ll. I’m not going to go out and run a 6 min mile, don’t worry. So for me, it’s a no brainer. I’ll give you a complete run down on the race over the weekend or next week. I may be under a huge blanket with a fire in my fireplace and stew on the stove, but that’s probably pushing it. The high is only 66. Happy running and racing this weekend ya’ll!!!
Do you race during your training cycle?
What are some guidlines you go by when doing so?