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It’s the time of year where I’m rubbing my hands together with glee – when I’m not glued to the internet looking up race schedules, elevation charts and considering the prospect of new bling.
- Ongoing injuries
- Training time
- Recovery time
- Will you want to race or just run?
- Will you enjoy it?
During 2017 I plan to run the Bay to Breakers, San Francisco (half) Marathon and the Rock N Roll Half Marathon San Jose. If you’re still stuck in the decision making process, read on for my thoughts on choosing the “best” races.
I’m getting sick of talking about it, but I have an ongoing hip injury that I’m learning to run with. It means I’m a little bit worried about being able to ramp up the training kilometres (because even though I’m here, I refuse to train in miles).
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That’s why the only race that I’ve locked in is the San Francisco half. We have a history and I will be bitterly disappointed if I don’t get to run it this year. I’m keeping an open mind about the other two though. It’s not worth further aggravating my injury just to be able to say that I ran three events in 2017.
It’s also why I’ve chosen events that are as spaced out as they are. Purely to give me some time to rest and recover from anything unexpected that pops up.
It’s always good to have a solid base to work off before you begin your 12-week training cycle but, if you’re like me, there also needs to be some recuperation time between cycles. Your muscles need a rest to prepare it for the next round of torture fun you’re going to put it through.
Don’t forget to factor the rest time in between events. Obviously it doesn’t mean you have to stop running altogether for those couple of weeks, but your muscles will appreciate some shorter, easy-paced jaunts.
Training time plays a big part in deciding which distances to sign up for. If you’re in for a year with a lot of changes or you know that you won’t have a tonne of training time up your sleeve, you probably shouldn’t sign up for an ultra or a full marathon. You’ll need at least three hours to dedicate to some of your long runs and that can time can be tough to eck out in one block.
To Race Or To Run?
You might be wondering what the difference is. Trust me, there’s a huge difference between the two.
Racing means having a goal finish time in mind, with a plan b and c times in case things go pear-shaped. You push yourself that tiny bit harder during speed sessions because you’ve got that magic PB in your mind that you want to beat.
Entering a race to run it is a much more relaxed affair. Sure, you still train to be able to go the distance and you probably still do speed work and all the rest, but you’re not running to specific splits.
Racing is great because you get that sense of accomplishment at the end when you achieve something that you weren’t quite sure was possible but running, enjoying the event atmosphere and taking in the views can be just as fun.
Is It Fun?
What are you 2017 event plans? How did you decide on what you’d run and when?