It seems like every Fall I have a lot of races I want to do. I will choose one to be my "race" (I race against myself) and the other is either a training run or a fun run. :) Sometimes at those races I'll run with someone else that actually runs at a slower pace so I won't be tempted to go too fast. :)
I agree with the other comments already made here, all in combination. Plan for an A race and a B race, taking into account the course (something you can think about in advance), as well as race day conditions and your personal situation (something you'll need to be flexible about, since circumstances change). Depending on your training opportunities, you might plan to make the first race your A race, and you can always change your mind and make the 2nd race your A race if a problem suddenly arises to affect your first race. You can also use your B race to experiment for all or part of the race and try for different kinds of goals: e.g., negative splits, or racing hard for the first 10K and then going easy, or trying a different kind of fuel, or shoes, or run/walk ratios, etc.
I have 2 planned this fall for 6 weeks apart and I intend for the first one "to finish" and the second as the A race. Take all the factors of the race into consideration too. If it's a large crowded race you will probably not PR anyway so do it for fun or the experience of running it. Course challenges and temps will play a factor too.
I have 2 races planned in Oct. 2 weeks apart. The 2nd is my target race. I plan to give it my all w/ambitions of a PR. I'm considering the 1st a training run. I plan to do it at a comfortable pace and not worry about time. Pretty much what Nancy said. :-)
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When I'm not in training for an event, I average around 18-25 miles a week. I do do alot of strength training, I try to do some every day, on different areas. I have never really measured my own recovery time after big runs, but I do tend to take a week off it all together afterwards ( I say tend to, I have only ever run two.)
I like Coach Nancys idea of having an A race and a B race though. I can get quite down on myself with time, so I'd have to drill the 'this one is not a time race' idea into my head quite a bit I think, but at least I could do both.
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Hey everyone! So I'm doing some race planning for 2013, and there are two halfers I really want to do, but they're about a month apart. Is that enough time to recover, or would I need to choose one? The first is on March 17th and the second on April 14th. All advice would be much appreciated.
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