I signed up for a half marathon on a whim and didn’t show up.
Bottom line: I don’t think much before I speak which is pretty obvious.
I signed up a few weeks ago for the Jog for Jugs half marathon that took place last weekend. It was close to home and although the elevation was pretty steep, I thought I would be able to handle it. But, I started to have doubts last week. The total elevation climb was just under 1,700 feet and over the past few weeks I’ve been grappling with some serious leg pain (which has now morphed into some ankle pain, too). My plan was to just take it easy and use it as my weekend long run. I knew that wasn’t going to be a smart idea.
I opted not to run (and wound up losing $45) because I just wasn’t feeling 100%, physically and mentally. My legs were sore and I was exhausted after traveling. And, even more importantly, my heart just wasn’t in it. You see, I don’t want to necessarily just run a race to run it. I want to set goals for myself and conquer them. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t going to beat my current half marathon PR of 2:02. In the end, I was more than ok with my decision. Saturday was beautiful, I spent time outside with my dogs and then went for a 5 1/2 mile run followed by a 9 mile bike ride. You triathletes call this a “brick” workout; I call it feeling sore for 4 days.
And then there’s Shires of Vermont. I’m sure it’s a very lovely course and maybe next year is my year to run it. Being on a crazy marathon high that I didn’t want to come down from led me to think even crazier thoughts. I was definitely in no shape to run another marathon 2 months later. In fact, you won’t find me in a crowded marathon pack until November.
So, what’s my plan here?
There’s no plan for the next month. Am I a little nervous about this? Yes. But, I’m trying to tell myself that it’s ok. Here are some goals that I want to work on over the summer/fall:
1. Steadily increase my mileage without my legs falling off my body.
2. Work on speed once a week.
3. Ride my bike more and become more comfortable on the roads so I don’t look like a circus clown on a unicycle every time I ride.
4. Experiment with other workouts. I did a 40-minute workout the other night with Just Dance 3 on the Wii and it wasn’t until yesterday that I started feeling like a normal human being. I was so sore from busting out those moves! I want to make this part of my routine and then occasionally check out a class here and there like barre.
5. Finalize a marathon training plan. I’m pretty sure I will use a Hal Higdon plan but haven’t yet decided which one. I have until early July to make up my mind.
6. Run a sub-26:00 Altamont 5K in August. This is an annual event that weaves its way through my neighborhood and it will be my third year running it. Last year, I ran it in 28:00 which was almost 3 minutes faster than the previous year. Sub-26:00 is attainable if I put in that speed work every week.
7. Run a sub-2 hour Mohawk Hudson half marathon in October. This race comes a week after Ragnar Adirondacks. If I can take it easy at Ragnar (my total distance will be 18.4 miles) I know I can push myself to shave off 2 minutes from my half marathon time.
8. Run a 4:30 Philly marathon in November. We all know what happened at RnR NOLA. I’m pretty sure that was a once in a lifetime mishap (or so I hope) so I’m determined to redeem myself. If I hadn’t tripped and spent time in numerous med tents I could’ve come pretty close to a 4:30.
So, I feel as though I’ve lost a little bit of my focus. I’ve been looking too much at the immediate future and not looking enough at my long-term goals.
There’s no need to rush to prove how many races I can run or how fast I can go. I’m in it for the long haul!
Ever quit a race before you even started it? Do you often reassess your running goals/plans? How do you get through a running rut? Do you like to bust a move to any of the Just Dance games?