I still do not have a plan for my race next weekend!!
I'll be running a 5K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday but at this point still have no idea what the plan is for these races. I’ve been doing a lot of trail running with increased vert so I feel confident saying my speed work has not been great. I think it would be a big mistake to go out and try to “race” the 5K when I have done ZERO 5K specific training. So there you have it, Saturday is checked off the list. I’ll use this as a casual run, hanging out with friends, enjoying the race atmosphere, and just having a good time.
The half marathon is a whole different story because there are so many possibilities with this distance. Last year at this same race I did the half marathon for the first time. My right foot was hurting the weeks leading up to the race so I decided to take the entire week off hoping to show up on race day well enough to run. Race started out well but around mile 6 my foot started to bother me and my ITB started to get tight. I can remember points in the race where I had to walk and a few points where I had to stop and stretch different parts of my body. Regardless, when I look back now, I still threw down a 1:51 which is a respectable time and my second fastest half marathon time. The interesting thing is that during the marathon in November I threw down a 1:48 in the first half which was my fastest half marathon EVER!! **Side Note – This is why I love my Garmin and all the data I get to look into LOL.** So here are the major items that I’ve been considering:
1) Big Goal - The marathon next month is the BIG goal. That is what all my training is focused on and I’m well past the 13 mile mark in my training at this point. That has all my attention so that race has pulled a lot of the emphasis away from these races.
2) Continued Training – I want to get some quality runs in the week after these two races. I don’t think I can do that if my effort level requires extended rest after the half marathon.
3) Course PR – It would be nice to get a little redemption on last year’s struggle. I don’t particularly like this course because they have a huge climb at mile 7 which is downright wrong when you are that far into the half marathon lol, but improving on past efforts is always a good thing.
4) Half Marathon PR – I think a new half marathon PR is easily within reach. Based on the way I ran in Vegas and the fact that I’m in much better shape today, I think it should be pretty easy to get a new half marathon PR, but do I want to go that hard??
Mrs. Schlub told me that I should give my best effort and go after a PR. I can see the benefit in that because it would essentially be race pace training for the marathon. At the same time I have this feeling that I should take it casual and just enjoy the race.
As I write this post my feeling is that I should show up on race day, see how my legs are feeling, and run completely on feel.
What’s your take? How would you plan for these races knowing you have a full marathon in six weeks??
Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!