Since I started running regularly, I’ve always had a goal race – something to focus my training and keep me motivated when life got busy, the weather got crappy, or I just started feeling a little burnout. For lifting, I can keep on track if I choose strength goals or simply latch onto a progressive program. Right now, though, I’m wondering if I need more – at least for running.
And, don’t get my wrong – my workouts are going well. I’m stronger than ever (including before my injury) and enjoying my runs. But, I’m getting an itch. I feel like I need a running program. It keeps things fresh, and helps me push myself. Without a program, I usually run 2-3 miles on specific routes in my neighborhood. WITH a program, I am forced to progress (and also to find new and interesting places to run!).
But then the questions start – should I sign up for a race? If so, what? I would love to run the Nike Half in October, but I’m not sure if finances will allow for travel to San Francisco. I could also run the Rock and Roll half in Providence with my sister. Or, I could try a 5k or 10k – there are appealing options (read: fun) for each distance on October 4. So, what to do?
This is something I will be turning around in my head for the next few weeks. On one hand, I love having a race to keep me honest. On the other, it is nice to not be stressing about a race! In the meantime, I’ll keep training.
Oh, and good news – Jeb has decided to start running. We run together, which is great for me. Even though my endurance is much better than his, he is naturally faster than me so my runs with him end up being great workouts (almost like a speed session)!
So, what do you think? Race, or no race?