After completing some big races and taking a bit of a break it’s really time to move forward. I think it was over a week that I wasn’t signed up for any races….that’s just crazy! So I signed up for a few and I have a few more planned. You can see the entire list here.
I haven’t run a 5k since New Years Day so I thought it was time to work some short, fun races into my schedule. This first race is the Run with Dad 5k.
I think the last father’s day race I did was with my dad a few years ago. It’s time for another. I haven’t run this course before so I’m looking to it for that reason. It’s local and I don’t think it will be too big. Those are features that I love. No getting up at 4am! No fighting huge crowds.
After that will be Firecracker. I ran this race last year and did quite well. I’m hoping for another good race this year. I’m also hoping to see lots of friends at this race. It will be a bigger 5k but still relatively small and it’s also local. I’ve run the course multiple times. It’s used for a couple of different races throughout the year so I’m really familiar with it. I even convinced my buddy to come out of retirement for this one.
And then the big one….I did it ….I went half crazy and signed up for another trail half marathon. I’m doing the CCT Half Marathon. This race has the unique challenge of being on a Wednesday. I’m not quite sure how to prep for a Wednesday race. Hopefully the day before will be a light day at work.
I’m going to do a 10 miler….I think. I keep getting scared and not signing up but I’m holding a race pass so that I can sign up for it.
How am I going to train for these races and the others that will no doubt slide into my schedule? Well I’ve joined the distance training program again at Potomac River Running.
This means once a week group long runs and once a week track workouts. I enjoyed the Cherry Blossom training so I figured I would try this out again. I’m going to do a couple of things differently though. I’m going to keep racing throughout training. I focused heavily on training for Cherry Blossom and North Face and didn’t race at all. I think that was fine for the winter but there a bunch of summer and fall races that I enjoy and don’t want to miss to focus on just one race. I’m also planning to cut myself a break when necessary. I might miss a week or two due to vacations or short road trips. That’s ok. I’m not going to force myself to be “perfect.” I want this to be fun.
I plan to rely heavily on the coaches’ advice on how to get to my ultimate goals….the 10 miler and the half while still racing. I know I will need to make adjustments to the training plan and some weeks will involve shifting a long run or doing extra miles before or after a race.
I’m also going to work strength training into my schedule. Those heavily weights have been waiting for me to pick them up again and I’m going to do it!