I’ve decided to defer my race entry for the Shamrock Dolphin Challenge until 2016.
A few weeks ago I had posted about my strategy going into this year for my training and races. I wanted to fall back in love with running by doing the races I loved: 5ks, 8ks, etc. Training for half-marathons has sucked the joy out of running for me. As such, I haven’t been training for Shamrock like I should be. I’m still dealing with PF and heel issues, and I’m just NOT motivated. The thought of doing the 8k and the half in the same weekend is just so overwhelming.
So I made the decision today to defer my race entry to 2016. I feel like this is the right choice for me. I will be able to step back this year and do the short races I love without just having to grin and bear it to “get through” Shamrock. I want to be smart and not injure myself. I want to be healthy and LOVE the run.
I will, however, be running the 8k in the race series this year. I still want to be a part of Shamrock. The 8k low stress and still a ton of fun. I’m very seriously contemplating volunteering for the half marathon to still be part of the day.
I know many of you have had to make similar decisions and know that this is a smart one. You guys have been so supportive.
So here’s to a great year of running the races I love and a renewed focus for 2016 (yes, I’m already looking that far forward!)
Have you ever deferred a race entry? How did you feel about your decision?