Thanks for letting me whine the past few days. This community is so wonderful and so supportive. After much counseling from you all and from my trainer, I think I’ve got a game plan for next year that’ll make me happy, not burn me out, and hopefully keep me injury free.
So, I’ve been doing some reflecting on the races that I choose. I’ve come to learn that as much as I love the challenge of a half-marathon, I don’t know that I’m meant to do a lot of them (at least at this time). I remember a post from my friend Lee when he talked about being a 5k-er. That is HIS distance. Sure, he can do half marathons and marathons (and is a total beast at them!) but in his heart of hearts, he loves a 5k.
I don’t know that I feel a strong pull toward any one distance, but I do know that I’m not defined by the distance that I do/do not run. Any distance at all makes me a runner. I just have to decide what keeps me happy AND healthy.
So, I think my strategy at this time will be to do no more than 2 half-marathon’s a year, and stick with shorter distances. I’d like to do a spring half and a fall half. But if I only want to do one, it’ll be the spring half (Shamrock!). It was my first half, I love it, and I’ve already signed up for it 🙂 There are so many good short distance races in the fall, and I’d like to be able to do more of them.
This is what a dream schedule (not necessarily actual) would look like for me:
March: Shamrock Dolphin Challenge (8k and Half) *signed up already
May: Chickfila 5k or 10k
Maybe something in June/July/August?
September: Rock N Roll 5k
Early October: Crawlin Crab 5k
Late October: Wicked 10k
Early November: CNU Alumni 5k
Late November: Harbor Lights 5k or Half
Early December: ChristmasTown 8k
Late December: Surfin Santa 5 miler
I think I’d like to stick with 10k or under. I want to end up with more quality races than quantity. I think I can do 5k’s more frequently if I’m doing far fewer long distance races. My fall would be pretty race heavy, but if I drop the half and just do the shorter distances, I think I’ll be ok.
Realistically, if I need to cut down, I’ll just do the J&A Races: Shamrock, Crawlin Crab, Wicked, Surfin Santa.
I want to enjoy the run. I want to stay healthy. I want to do the races I love and not have the training kill me. If I’m honest, I want to get back to my faster times. The only way I’m going to get there (speaking for me personally) is if I stick with shorter distances.
Also, I want to try to keep some more consistent weekly mileage, even if its relatively low mileage. I’m really enjoying all the other activities I’m doing, so I want to keep room for them.
I’m starting to have a sense of peace about this plan. Its given me direction and focus to push through the end of the year with the promise of a new start.
Thank you guys for being so awesome.
Are you already thinking about new year’s resolutions? What race distances do you love? How do you find balance when planning a race schedule?