During the last weeks of 2014, without any goal races on the horizon, I started getting comfortable with 5-6 mile runs, and the thought of going longer seemed awful. I found myself really struggling to do long runs! But it’s a new year, and my first goal race of 2015 is the New Orleans 70.3, a half Ironman, so I know I have to somehow get out of my funk and figure out a way to start making those miles more interesting.
Luckily just before Christmas I received a discount on a race entry fee for a half marathon in mid-January very close to home. I’m normally very hesitant to register for winter races in advance since the weather is such a factor, but the need to push my mileage back up again motivated me to sign up. I signed up for this particular race with no time goal, no pressure on placing–just a way for me to commit to running long, especially since I had to start doing some longer runs right away so that 13.1 wouldn’t be too painful. That logic ended up working, at least, because the 2 weekends prior I did an 8 miler and 10 miler, which is more than I had done consecutively since November. But was running a race as a long run the right choice, especially this early in my training? Read more >>