I decided at the beginning of the year that I would try to finish four long races in 2010. Well, my definition of long is anything over 9 miles. March isn’t finished and I already have two of them in the bag (Hangover Half on 1/1, and 3-Person Marathon Relay on 2/21 when I ran the 9.2 mile leg)! My next long race isn’t until 10/10/10 when ADP and I will be running the Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon in celebration of our 10th anniversary (anyone see lots of 10’s?). So, I’ve been thinking about it and I need a change of focus to get me through until I start training for my next half.
The initial problem was figuring out what to change my focus to and then it hit me – race the race. Races are just an endpoint to me and that is how I treat them. The race is there to confirm I can run the distance I’ve been training for. Notice I said run, not race.
In January, ADP joined me for a one of the Winter Series Races and I didn’t want to keep him waiting so I pushed myself. The race was 3 miles and I finished in 27:10. I’ve never pushed myself so my times had almost always been over 30 minutes for 3 miles. What could I do if I actually tried to run fast and not just finish the miles?
My focus has changed. I’m planning on seeing what I can do with the 5k distance. How low can I go? What do I need to do to get there? What races do I want to enter (I’m cheap, so they’ll be cheapest races I can find)? I have until mid-July when I’ll start getting ready for my next half. All I can say about it is that I’m excited and re-energized to run more…and hopefully faster.
Monday: 4 miles (oops, slept in)
Tuesday: 5 mile fartlek
Wednesday: rest day
Thursday: 6 miles a.m., PT in p.m.
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday/Sunday: 5 miles one day/rest one day