Thursday, April 10, 2014

Half marathon and racing thoughts

Latest Workouts:
Monday: 30 minute swim, stretching and abs, oh and a zillion squats
Tuesday: pitiful run after work (3-4 miles).  I don't like running after work ahhh!!
Wednesday: See Monday.  I've been swimming for cross training this week (and probably will continue for a while) because I think spinning really hurt my back and right side of my body last week.  I feel a lot better this week.
Thursday: GLORIOUS run before work.  4 miles, and I felt fast and good for the first time in what feels like forever!  It's finally the right time of year to start seeing the sunrise on my morning runs.  Running in the morning is tops.  

So one of my goals this year is to PR in the half marathon.  I've been thinking about when to do one, and which one to do.  I decided that after the Broad Street Run in a few weeks, I'm going to take a break from racing for a little bit.  One reason being that in order to cancel my Crossfit membership completely, I have to pay for two more months.  Right now my account is "frozen," meaning I still pay $5/month even though I'm not going.  So, I think I want to bite the bullet and pay for May and June.  I would love to keep doing it but it's just not financially feasible for me, when I also like to run, swim, and bike.  I'm looking forward to going back for a little bit, but I think the gym I go to is more designed for people who want to go Crossfit and solely Crossfit.  Anyway, I digress.

I have a 10k in LONDON woooooo, and two other 5ks planned for the summer.  I think that's enough for now.  Last year was all about racing.  I loved it, but I also had my good old dad to go with me to every race.  I could count on him for logistics and spectating.  This year when I see a race that I might sign up for, I'm not as inspired because I'd more than likely be alone.  So that's another reason I'm not too hyped on racing - I want the ones I do to be big and fun and worth the entry fee - I'm not going to waste a lot of time and money going to little races by myself.

Back to the half marathon, I decided that I want to do one in the fall.  I want to do two, in order to give myself a better chance at a PR.  I want to do the Runners' World Half for sure.  I loved the 10k last year, and I want to give the half a try.  I really kind of want to do the hat trick (a 5k and 10k in the same morning, then the half marathon the next day), but maybe next year.  I don't want to get carried away.  Because I got my destination runs out of the way, I'm fine with doing a race in Philadelphia again.  I've narrowed it down to two choices, both with their pros and cons.  (The below is basically copied from an email I sent my parents - I look to them to help me make the simplest of decisions).

Pro: I've never done it before.
Pro: It's a Rock N Roll event which I've wanted to do. 
Pro: Is "easier" than Runners' World, so I'll get the easy one over with first as a "warm up."
Con: It's a "boring" course, and I'll be doing a race in December which is pretty much the same. (**note** most of this course is my favorite loop along the Schuylkill River, but I've run it a million times)
Con: I have a two other (short) races that month.

Pro: I've done it before, so I know the course.
Pro: The course is more interesting
Pro: It's near Thanksgiving - my parents might be home?!
Con: I've done it before...and I've also done the marathon version.
Con: Will be colder than September.

After mulling it over and seeing my parents' input, I'm leaning toward the one in September...I actually signed up for it in 2012, but broke my foot in July so I couldn't do it!  My friend ran with my bib and she did great :)  Maybe I'll do it as redemption for that!  Stay tuned, I'm going to think about it for a while.  The price for both events goes up on April 30, so I'll make a decision before that.

Check out my race page for my current schedule (including these pending half marathons).  Thanks for reading my inner monologue!

1. What do you think?  Which race should I do?

2. What races do you have planned this year?

3. How are you goals for year going? 


  1. I would do the rock and roll one since you've never done it! I've heard they're a lot of fun, I plan on doing the Chicago one this year.

    1. Thanks for your input! I think that's going to be the winner...