Changing a Race Goal + Workout Recaps

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Mine was fabulous.  I spent the weekend in a little town in Ohio on Lake Erie with my mom and sister.  Girls weekend!  We were celebrating my mom’s 60th birthday, and we did it in style if I do say so myself.  Happy Birthday, mom!

In a little less than two weeks, I’ll be lacing up my sneakers for a 25k (15.5 mile) race.  When I signed up, my goal was to run a sub 2:00 race, which comes out to 7:42/mile pace.  I knew that this was realistic for me if I trained hard and diligently.  But the truth is that I just haven’t done what I need to do in order to hit that time.  I’ve skipped speed workouts because of a mild hip flexor strain that bugs me on faster runs, I came down with vertigo which sidelined any running at all for several days, and this past weekend when I should have been running my longest distance, I skipped my long run altogether!  I don’t regret that decision, as I really wanted to focus on enjoying time with my family (and I did get five miles in with my sister), but it all adds up to making my race goal much more difficult.  Add onto that the fact that we are moving this coming weekend (the week before the race) and I think the mental stress + physical fatigue means I need to be realistic about my race, and acknowledge that you can’t hit your “A” race goal every time.  So what should I do?  Run the best race I have in me or just run for fun?  Do I go out close the pace I was originally hoping to hit and risk dying at the end?  I’m a little all over the place on this one and would love some advice from more seasoned racers!

Here’s what my week in workouts looked like:

M – Off

T – 6 mile run (4 tempo miles @7:40 pace)

W – 30 minute HIIT type circuit

Th – 6 mile progression run (a.m.) + 60 minutes kickboxing (p.m.)

F – Off

S – Off

Su – 5 easy miles

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Hope your week is off to a fantastic start.  We’re in for some warmer, sunnier weather this week.  Wish me luck on our big move this weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Changing a Race Goal + Workout Recaps

  1. mommyrunfaster

    I can relate!! My Boston training did not go as planned either… some training cycles are like that. Especially when there are other things in the mix, like a baby, or a move! Good luck with it all!!

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  2. Haha, I knew you’d be able to relate to this one! I had a great last long run today, kind of a cross between a tempo and long run, so I think my strategy will literally be a “game time” decision made the morning of the race based on how I feel and the weather, etc. So unlike me, but I’m trying to go with it! 🙂

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