This weekend, a few of us are in Myrtle Beach for a race weekend. It is the perfect time of the year to steal one last trip to the beach while the weather is still nice and we can officially say good-bye to Summer and hello to Fall! In addition to heading to the beach, we all signed up to run the Myrtle Mini Half Marathon. It’s our first time running this one, but we’ve heard great stuff about it! How can you not love a half marathon that ends on the beach!?? The course is flat and fast, the weather is going to be perfect, and I’m not racing. Yup, you heard that right, I’m not racing.
My goal 16 weeks ago was to train and run a marathon. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it.
Sure I’ve put in some long 8 mile tempo runs, hitting paces that I have worked hard to get to, and a half marathon PR is probably within my reach, but I’m not racing.
Sure I could just move things around so that I have more easy runs vs my scheduled runs so that I could run this half and recover in just a few weeks for my marathon, but I won’t.
Sure I could just race just this one time and hope that it doesn’t affect my marathon in a few weeks, but I’m not racing.
I’ve been happily hanging out in taper town and although it’s nice here and I’m enjoying it so far, it’s tough to run a half and not feel like I have to race it. It’s hard and I struggled with it this week. BUT after many talks with friends and Nick, I have to keep my eye on what my goal is. My goal is to run a marathon and I’m not willing to derail any of that work…yes, those same 8 mile tempo runs, those easy runs to add in miles that would help me run this half marathon beautifully, could change that goal. I’m not willing to chance it!
So what I am doing is…
hanging with my friend who wants company for this half and I’m running!
watching the pace for her so we can see if she can meet her new half goal and I’m running!
smiling at and thanking volunteers who are taking time out of their Sunday morning to help make this race a success
looking for the camera guys so I can maybe, just maybe get a really great race picture
celebrating at the end of the race with some of my favorite people on the beach
counting another half marathon run, #32!
Have you ever had to talk yourself out of racing when you knew it was the best thing? Or did you race and regret it? How have you dealt with the dilemma to race or not to race?
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