I have been in love with racing since I lined up at the start of my first 5K. I don't think I even liked running then. I liked the racing. So I signed up for another race and then another and somewhere in the mix I feel head over heels with running.
My first HM was Monster Dash 2011. I didn't even sign up. I ran the Twin Cities 10 miler in the beginning of the month and then a friend offered me her bib for the end of the month. No real half training plan, no fuel, no idea what pacers were, wore new socks, no app, no Garmin and ran a 1:55. Not bad!
Since then I have learned a ton and raced lots more. My halves range from 1:51 to 2:00. I really really want to get that 1:49. I think I have s good shot next Saturday at this year's Monster Dash. (Last year I was a spectator at the event and really wished I had run. By that time i knew it was a speedy course, almost all downhill!)
The only problem is that I haven't run over 6 miles since the marathon 2 weeks ago. I rested and ran easy the first week. Last week we were supposed to run 8 on Tuesday, but we ran into a dog at a busy intersection and took him home a few blocks away and then had to get going so only managed 6. Worth it! It was a good adventure and we got the dog home safe and sound. But not enough mileage. Yesterday I could've done 10, but went to an apple orchard with kids and friends instead. Obviously, a way better choice. But again, only ran 6.
I know I'll be fine next week. This just all has me thinking. I have never followed a HM training plan. I have raced them during marathon training. I have added in a 10 or a 12 mile run to my normal running schedule a few weeks before a race. Maybe if I really want that 1:49 (or 1:47 if I feel greedy!) I need to actually put in the work and follow a plan. Crazy idea, huh?
I dug out a calendar and printed out Train Like A Mother's Own It plan. Get Lucky HM is 3/15/14. So... training begins end of December??! Not sure I want to commit to that. I am very type A and I like to check things off lists. When I commit to a plan, I am hard on myself when I miss a workout. Not sure that I want to be that intense all winter.
But then I flip flop and think: you need to challenge yourself. You should try out this intense plan now so you know if you can handle it for a full. We're thinking Chicago 2014. Training would start in June.
I gotta put the work in if I want results. But I also don't want to burn out.
This is the ultimate goal after all. But still, my wheels are turning. What would you do?
Take it easy?