If you read my post last week, I was debating whether or not to do a Spring race. Well, now it looks like I am….and I’m not just doing one! Here’s how this all went down….
A track meet is coming up for the local University I work for. A couple months ago, one of our coaches suggested I enter the open 10K. “Why not?” I thought…..it could be fun. I’ve never raced a 10K before, but I know I can race one. I put it in the back of my mind, and didn’t think much of it, until a few weeks ago when I was looking at my training schedule and realized that my next run test would be on the same day as that track meet. My run test is 30 minutes (approx 5 miles). I thought to myself “why not just make it a race and add 1.2 miles to it!” Sounds like a good idea, huh? I’m still debating-haven’t signed up yet, but it does sound promising.
Then, to my next spring race. So my whole post last week was debating whether or not to do a spring marathon. I had in my head that it was an either/or type of thing. Either I do a Spring marathon, or I do a Fall marathon. I was talking to my sister, and she suggested, why not do both? Hmmmmm……good idea! I mean, this race I was considering was super cheap anyway…why NOT do both a fall and a spring race? This way I can go for my PR now, and then do a relaxing fall marathon with my husband at a “vacation” spot! Best of both worlds.
So I did it, I signed up for the Xenia ORRRC Marathon on April 6th! My longest run has been 20 miles, so this Saturday I’ll do about a 2 hour run, then the Saturday before the race will actually be this 10K (if I do it!). Perfect, right? It actually does seem to fit pretty well. After this Saturday, my long runs were going to decrease anyway and become more like extended workouts. Well, why NOT do a marathon now since I’ve worked up to the distance! Also, I know I’m not in race shape, but I should be able to comfortably hold a 7:30 pace which would be a PR for me anyway. AND, if I don’t all out race it, I’ll be good to pick up my training again the following week. The race is just so close to me, and so cheap that I really couldn’t resist signing up for it.
I’m excited about this marathon, and the possibility of a 10K as well! I definitely didn’t plan on racing in March and April, but I think these races will be well enough in advance of my triathlons that I won’t have too much difficulty recovering. My first tri is June 1, so plenty of time.
How about you all? Have you signed up for any unexpected races this spring? Any of you doing the Xenia marathon? I’d love a pacer!!