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This weekend I’m headed down to Bethlehem Pennsylvania for the 2nd annual Runner’s World Half & Festival. A few months back I was sent an invitation from Runner’s World to be a part of the blogging team attending the race. I knew that I’d be fresh off of the obstacle course racing season and not necessarily trained for road races, but who turns down an invite from Runner’s World?
NO ONE, that’s who.
I was given the option to run either the 5K, the 10K, the half marathon, the Five & Dime (5K & 10K) or the Hat Trick (5K, 10K, 13.1). You know me, my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, and my race goals always exceedingly larger than my training. So I opted for the Hat Trick, of course.
Now, none of these distances are new to me. While I haven’t been necessarily training for road racing as of late (everything has been on trails…and interrupted by burpees…for the last 6 months), a ten mile training run here and there is nothing out of the ordinary. And I did just complete a 7.5 hour beast of a race (literally, it was The Beast). So being on my feet and putting in the mileage is of no concern to me. What I have been contemplating, however, is my method of attack.
|Plan of attack part 1: these shoes. The “One” by Altra. It has been an adjustment back into road shoes, but I think these will be the chariots that take me across three finish lines next weekend…|
I’ll be the first to tell you that it is completely unrealistic of me to shoot for a 5K PR nor a half marathon PR. My half marathon PR is a 1:40:42, set last spring (and my last road half) in Quincy MA. It was at my peak of working at the Y, spilling every ounce of mental energy I had into training, in a sad effort to ignore everything else that was going on in my life. And plus, it was my job. To beat that PR, I would need to run a 7:39/mile or faster average pace for 13.1 miles. Let’s not beat around the bush here: it’s not going to happen this weekend.
My unofficial 5K PR was set last spring during a CrossFit WOD of just under 20 minutes (19:47, I believe, it is unofficial so it’s not in the books), my official still stands at 21:07 almost three years ago. And well, I’ve been focusing on distance (specifically, mountains and climbing) and upper body strength, not running incredibly fast. So realistically, that’s out too.
What I HAVE been toying with, is perhaps the idea of aiming to set a 10K PR. You see, I’ve only run one official 10K in my entire life, and that was in 2007. Yes, over SIX YEARS ago. The Lawyers Have Heart 10K in Georgetown (Washington DC.) I ran a 51:20 (8:15/mile pace). And I think I can do better.
the 5K is scheduled for Saturday morning, 8:00 am. The 10K, Saturday morning, 9:30 am.
The logical part of my brain knows that what I should do is use the 5K as a warm up, and then race the 10K. The realistic side of my brain thinks it is laughable to believe I can be put in a 5K race situation by myself and not RACE. I mean, let’s be real, I have zero self discipline in a situation like that. It’s like putting a greyhound on a track and telling him to ignore the rabbit, just take this lap easy. (Note, I don’t condone dog racing. But the analogy fit.) Needless to say friends, I lack running discipline, I just want to run.
And so I think I will just run, and see what happens.
Oh and the half marathon? Que sera sera, as they say. Whatever will be, will be. A sub 2 hour half is certainly on my radar, but anything beyond that, I’m not too worried.
What I am, however, is excited…
Have you ever run back to back races in the same weekend, specifically in the same day? What was your plan of attack?