When I registered for the Denver Rock n Roll Half, it was going to be my A race for the fall. But with a bad spring marathon, training burnout, an injury and a focus on other non-running related things in my life, that plan fell to the wayside. While it has been nice to not follow a training plan religiously the last few months, this Saturday will be the first race I’m heading into completely unsure of what will happen.
The Fans of the Field 10k was a good test run to see how 8:50-9 minute miles feel these days. It did feel doable to hold that pace for longer (especially since I was feeling pretty ill that race day), so that was a little bit of a confidence boost. But the fact that my longest run for this race was 10 miles and it was 3 weeks before race day is less than reassuring.
I’m more worried about my IT band problems coming back than I am finishing (the last few miles are downhill – which always irritates it more). If it starts to hurt, I fully intend on pulling out of the race.
I’d love to break 2 hours, simply because I have broken 2 hours in every half marathon except one. That race was a half in Ft. Lauderdale in February 2010, right before I started blogging. I was there for a friend’s wedding and training for my first marathon, so I registered for the race to do as a training run. I completely overdressed and a few miles in stopped to take off my jacket and re-do my bib (so dumb). Then about halfway through the race I got a very bad blister – bad enough that it bled through my shoe. As a result, I had to do a lot of walk/run intervals for that race and finished in 2:00:43…so close.
Either way, I think after this race I may be ready to get into more regular running and training again. A lot of the blogs I read are coming to their peak of fall marathon training, and I am finding myself a little envious of that feeling of accomplishment. I’m going to hold out on registering for any fulls for now, but I plan on filling up my fall with shorter races.
With that said, my most important goal is to finish the race injury-free so I can focus on running for the rest of 2012.