So I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.
- I’ve been thinking about racing and training.
How do you do both? Should you?
It’s no secret that I love to race! I have a hard time not signing up for a race every weekend.
There are a few problems with this besides that it’s expensive.
It’s hard to train for a long race such as a half marathon.
There would be no problem if I just ran shorter races but I like to run half marathons too.
What I have done in the past is add more miles after my races.
I guess it works. But I am not sure if it is the best way to train.
It’s like running a speed workout and taking a break, eating and then running some slow miles. Not quite the same as you would do when you run a actual half marathon.
So I am going to run lots of races before my next half (on Oct 10): 7-25, 8-1, 8-7, 8-17, 9-5, 9-12, 9-19, 9-26, 10-03 because I like to race.
This decision means that I have to be satisfied with a good or mediocre half marathon performance but maybe not a great one. I think if I want to run my best half, I will have to cut back on racing. Right now, I don’t want to do that.
- I’m also thinking about my next race.
It’s summer. Summer is a time to kick back and relax. Enjoy the sunshine and time with family and friends.
So I have been doing that…a lot!
That means that I have had to skip weekday runs or shorten weekend distances.
My next race is Saturday – another 5k.
I was hoping to get back some speed. My last 5k was under 29 minutes. I’d love to do that again. I’d love to win a age group award too. We’ll see.
- I’m debating about the race after that – either a difficult hilly longer but fun one or another 5k in a scenic area?
The train leaves at 8 am. It takes you to the start and you run back on the wooded hilly trail to the station. Sounds like fun but it is a longer distance than I have been running.
Not as interesting but certainly easier. There will be lots of pretty views.
Happy Running! Do you run many races while you are training for a long race? Do vacations and the heat tempt you to skip runs?