When I sat down to schedule out my 2016 race schedule — I wanted to keep myself true to what I planned out. Partly to focus on my health, especially earlier on in the year — and partly, because I wanted to focus on getting faster again.
My original race plan saw me running two half marathons between January 1st and May 7th. And, besides a two week sick break — I’ve been used my training to lead up to the Provo City Half on May 7th.
Originally, I was going to run the Zion Half Marathon on March 12th — but, weddings and obligations have made that an impossibility. So, the original plan was to just focus on Provo City instead of finding another half marathon.
Well, I found another half marathon.
The March Madness Half Marathon in Woods Cross. Happening this Saturday.
The start and finish is actually less than a 5K from my front door. I was tempted to actually run (more like walk) to the start line … but, that seemed a bit too ambitious. Especially considering running a half marathon right now is definitely a bit too ambitious.
The race is rather simple and small — it’s an out and back course along the Legacy Parkway Trail. I am not sure how many participants are signed up, but I’m putting my money on me being last. Which is totally fine with me — last is still better than ‘didn’t get off the couch’ .. right?
The game plan is simple. I am going to treat it like a training run. I am bringing along my Galloway Run/Walk Timer and focusing on that. I haven’t decided if I am going to do a 4/1, 3/1 or other run/walk ratio set? I’ve been training right now with a 3/1 ratio — so that might be the best bet?
Either way, I am not going in for a time goal — I am expecting it to be 3+ hours. I just want to do my best and get some of my pent up race wiggles out. I can’t tell you how hard it’s been NOT racing anything over a 5K the past couple of months.
So in preparation for this weekend’s race, I ran a 5K on the treadmill this morning. I am planning on another 5K tomorrow before resting on Friday — but, with the weather looking so good this week, I am tempted to run outside tomorrow night. We’ll see.
But, I need this run. I need the challenge. It’s been a tough month with being sick and being setback some with my training. I am trying to be smart about my comeback — but, it’s hard not being able to run like you once were able to.
I just want to fly — and sometimes, like right now — I feel like the Spruce Goose.
I am hoping this race will help that mentality change. I need to be happier about my small successes — and successes in general, than by focusing on things I can’t control.
And, mentally, I am getting there. I have no doubt that I will.
But, oh, how I want to soar now!