Friday, January 15, 2010

On The Fence

I ususally run the Midwinter 10 miler in Cape Elizabeth every year. Last year I used it as a long run. I ran a 5K right before the race, toed the line within minutes of finishing and then after ran another 2.5 miles. I was beat but I also felt good about the effort.

This year I am on the fence......should I run it or find a trail race instead. I even could just do a long trail run instead. I guess I am not sure what benifit the race will do for me as I will surely not PR it this year.

It seems if I am serious about a 50 miler in the spring, it will do me much more good to focus on that training and not road races. On the other hand, all my road racing friends must think I have dropped off the face of the earth........... Perhaps in a way I have.

Except for a little soreness in the right back area, The tender spots from last weekends run at GAC's is past me. I was a bit worried about the right hip as it became very sore because of the loose unpredictable terrain, but all is fine now.

I am looking forward to my long trail run this weekend and and opportunity to enjoy nature. I miss the trail runs during the week but I get home so late it is just not feasable this time of year.

I seriously think there is something wrong with me because I have been eating like crazy this week. I could understand if it was a "growing spurt" but at my age the spurt would be out not up, so I don't want one of those.

My week so far:
treadmil....3 mile hill run 10% grade (11:39 pace)
1 mile easy recovery 4% grade(9:16 pace)
half mile cooldown

Wednesday and Thursday
early am (3:30)
wight and ab workout 2 miles each day.

I know.......pretty lame week, I suppose I will call it a recovery week.


sn0m8n said...

I was on the fence about the 10-miler, myself. I've decided to skip it. Two reasons: 1. My well documented hatred of that race and 2. I'm going to run a snowshoe race the day before.

I think if you're focused on a 50-miler in the spring, there's no need to apply the Mt. Everest philosophy to this race: you don't have to do it just because it's there.

vja said...

You didn't drop off the face of the earth...Trail running puts you very much on its face!

RunninRob said...

I say if you have other goals that don't include the roads then don't feel bad about skipping it. I am partially regretting signing up for the Hyannis Marathon because of the road training I am forced to do, but roads can be a good place to test your fitness without terrain becoming a huge factor.

Enjoy the ride, no matter where it takes you!