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From Paleo to running (two of my favorite things, btw!), here’s a big time issue I’m facing at the moment. I hope you can follow along and give me some reassurance!
Half Marathon Training Check In
I’m two weeks out from the Suffolk County Half Marathon and my training has encountered some slight glitches, and now I’m faced with a decision.
Run, or don’t run.
It seems simple, but for a runner, the decision is loaded on both sides.
I’ve had enough experience to know that distance running can be humbling, and it is not to be takes lightly. Here’s my analysis of both choices.
Although I hope this post is relatable, the following analysis is tailored to me personally. I do not recommend running without the proper training or knowledge. I have a great deal of knowledge that allows me to make an informed decision. I cannot be responsible for making that decision for anyone but myself.
Let’s be honest, if I run this half-marathon I am not trained to do it. That means that if I run, I need to adjust my goals accordingly. I would need to check my ego at the starting line and run it solely for the camaraderie and training. I would have to slow my pace considerably, and possibly even walk if needed to avoid getting injured.
Summary of Reasons to Run
Adjusted Goal: 2 hours
Spark to train for the next race
This is the dreaded decision for any runner. Is not running giving up, or being smart? It’s hard to tell, but just the thought of not running has regret bubbling up inside me. If I choose not to run, it would be because I am untrained and would be unable to push myself to a satisfying pace for my potential. I would also avoid any injuries that could result from a drastic, single day increase in mileage. My long runs have only reached 6 miles, so I’m pretty sure that I’d feel some effects of suddenly running 13.1 miles.
Summary of Reasons to Not Run
Can not reach my goals
Avoid possible injuries
Adjusted Goal: DNS
I definitely feel like I’ve reached a decision through this analysis. Considering I have zero pre-existing injuries, the race is close to home, and I have been running (albeit inconsistently), I think I am going to run. I have a wealth of experience that will enable me to take it easy, listen to my body, and enjoy a couple of hours out on the road with some friends at a big local event.
I definitely want to know…
Have you ever ran a race even though your training didn’t go as planned?
How did it go?
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