I need your help – your advice – your assistance. . . .
I ran 2 halfs in 2010 and 6 halfs in 2011. My goal for 2012 was to focus on shorter distances and increase speed. One of the biggest reasons for my focus on shorter distance was to allow more time to do things that I have neglected over the last 2 years because I haven’t had time (6 miler = 90 minutes of running + stretching and travel; 12 miler = a total of 4 hours). Since January, I’ve REALLY REALLY REALLY enjoyed returning my attention to things like group fitness classes, having date night with my husband, weeding the flower beds (let’s face it –that’s an endless job!). I have also REALLY enjoyed NOT being in pain following the long runs (those who know me or have seen me following a long run know my gimpy walk that lasts for a couple of days). I have made some big running accomplishments (endurance – I ran for 70 straight minutes), but in the big running scheme, I’m not sure that’s really going to help me out . . . especially since it was crazy slow.
So what’s the problem?
1. To run faster you have to run more
2. If I don’t run further I doubt that I’ll get much faster.
3. If I do run further than I might as well do halfs and get medals, right?
4. I kind of miss the whole planning a race and being a part of the whole running/blogging half marathoners community – though I do like paying off some of my other bills and saving money (and planning a dream race schedule for 2013).
What do you think?
A.) Continue participating and thoroughly enjoying the group fitness classes/cross training, and doing other things that I have neglected because of the time it takes to do long runs (weeding, date night, etc).
B.) Return to running 3-4 days a week which will make my life look a lot like it did last year; aim for some summer/fall halfs (ex: Chicago RnR, Indy Women’s Half, Fort 4 Fitness, Columbus Half, STL RnR, Women’s Half in St.Pete).
I welcome any advice you are willing to offer – thanks!