It might sound loopy to run three races in one weekend, however to somebody who likes relay races, 3 times appears utterly regular.
I’d enterprise to say that operating a 5K, a mile on the sand, after which a half marathon might be going to be simpler than any relay I’ve ever run anyhow. I’m nonetheless nevertheless taking it critically and have provide you with a things-don’t-usually-go-as-planned-game-plan.
Depending on how I really feel and once I truly get right down to Virginia Beach for the race, my plan is to race the 5K. The Mile On The Sand race can be for enjoyable and to earn the Land To Sand pin – trigger I LOVE pins after which the half marathon on Sunday goes to be a long term. Jess my coach has me operating 16 miles that day….I’m unsure if 16 will occur or if I should be proud of 13.1.
I’m going to be taking up the instagram story on the @runrocknroll account so a pleasant reminder that if you wish to comply with alongside on my race weekend adventures you’ll be able to comply with me over on that account…
While I LOVE posting to social media in races I’m not racing, it’s truly considerably more durable than it seems to be – hahaha. It primarily turns the race in to a fartlek exercise the place I’m operating quick, then sluggish, then stopped, then quick, and so forth. I feel it is going to be simpler this time vs Chicago as a result of in Chicago my sister didn’t need to cease through the race I don’t blame her – I don’t often like stopping or strolling in races both, so after every time I ended to take an image I cease as a result of in any other case the photographs are blurry or crooked I then needed to dash to meet up with her. We didn’t plan this half out very properly as a result of she was in a gray shirt and within the sea of individuals forward of me, it was exhausting to seek out her every time. At the identical I used to be trying to tempo her to a PR, so I needed to hold the tempo of every mile one thing she might deal with + ensure I used to be subsequent to her to tug her alongside when she wanted it and never behind her stopped for a photograph. By the final couple of miles of the race my legs have been feeling the stopping/beginning so I made a decision that I might both maintain posting and danger her not operating a PR or cease posting and ensure she obtained to the end underneath what she wanted. She was the precedence so my concept of taking an image every mile of the half went out the window. This time I’m operating solo or that’s the plan now anyhow so it is going to be simpler to publish to instagram tales
For these of you who’re hard-core runners or traditionalists – I do know what you’re considering…..PUT THE PHONE DOWN and run the race. Here’s the factor, I was like that too. I judged individuals who had objectives for a race that weren’t time objectives. I’d inform individuals they need to simply pee on themselves quite than wasting your time discovering a toilet. Don’t you need to run a PR, I’d say? Seconds matter, I’d proclaim. While sure PR’s are cool and sure it’s nice to attempt to get the most effective out of your self in that approach, it’s equally as nice to have objectives which have completely NOTHING to do with time. I had enjoyable at Chicago, Boston, Rock N Roll DC, and different races I’ve run whereas taking footage.
After Chicago – I assumed properly that was a half PR whereas taking photographs – which is foolish – but in addition enjoyable for me. And isn’t that what operating ought to be at its core? Something that’s enjoyable for the individual doing it? We all have totally different definitions of enjoyable and for now this occurs to be mine.
Chloe and Miles are each enjoying journey soccer this season. Not solely is it costly as all get out – it additionally takes up a TON of time. The solely time I used to be capable of squeeze in a run yesterday was after we have been all again at house at night time after their practices. I actually needed to run however on the similar time it will have been good to place my PJ’s on and get in mattress and watch Game Of Thrones or learn a ebook.
But these runs are the worth I pay. The worth of admission to going to a race and feeling good and having enjoyable. For me the most effective a part of the weekend is just not all the time within the miles, although I do LOVE the miles, however somewhat all the race weekend expertise. It’s going to the expo and never caring how lengthy I’m there as a result of oh my goodness the concrete – this can be horrible for my legs. It’s having wine and never worrying that OMgosh I’m going to be so dehydrated on race day – what if this ruins my race. It’s assembly up with associates despite the fact that which may tire me out and I probably will get up exhausted on race day. It’s operating races in several cities so I can see my sister, or an previous highschool pal. It’s going to a baseball recreation and consuming the dang beer. These are all issues I didn’t do earlier than…..I’d go to Boston and never see any of the town – I’d spend the weekend alone in my lodge room resting. I might skip dinner invites as a result of it was meals I hadn’t eaten earlier than – selecting as an alternative to go to Whole Foods alone or a grocery story alone. And whereas there’s NOTHING fallacious with the best way I used to be doing it earlier than – I simply wasn’t dwelling MY greatest life. I used to be lacking out on LIFE as a result of I used to be overly involved with the time on the clock. I’d really feel happiness if I ran the time I needed and intense unhappiness if I didn’t run what I felt able to. In hindsight there was a lot pleasure I might have had, so many glad moments I missed out on.
When time isn’t your essential aim it’s unattainable to not depart the race weekend comfortable.
There are not any let downs, no dramatic instagram posts the place you element out what you needed to run, what went improper and so forth. There are not any tears. No voice inside your head telling you that you simply failed or worse but that you simply suck as an individual and a runner. When I look again at footage of previous races I not often see a lady who’s smiling. I take a look at previous pictures and know – on that day you thought you have been fats – on that day you thought you have been sluggish – on that day you felt self-conscious of your outfit – on that day you have been afraid of the nasty feedback that may be left in your weblog. Now I don’t fear about any of that. Do I typically weigh greater than different days weeks/months/years – yep and who cares. Do I typically run very sluggish for me – yep and who cares.
This to me is freedom. I’m not saying that at some point I gained’t run a race in such a means as to be involved concerning the time on the clock, what I’m saying is that the time on the clock won’t ever decide my happiness or self-worth ever once more. And that’s my “secret” let’s consider to all the time operating a race with a smile on my face. When you’re completely happy on the within – it exhibits on the surface.
8.18 miles final night time. 24 days until Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach.