It’s been a while since I’ve written about my own running, probably because my mileage has been pretty low and I haven’t been training for anything specifically since the RUN10FEED10 10K back in October. Lately, I run a few miles at a time several times a week, and that’s been enough for me. I haven’t felt the need to train for longer distances to call myself a “runner”—if I wouldn’t judge other runners based on their weekly mileage, why should I judge myself? After pushing and pushing to train for races, I wanted to take 2015 to enjoy my running without worrying about pace or distance, and I very successfully met that goal.
But, over the past month or so, I’ve started to feel the itch to train for something again. (Training for a race is an awesome way to stay motivated to run.) And although I’d love to have a full race schedule, financially I just can’t do it right now. So I think I’m going to pick a spring race to train for, probably a half marathon so I can get back into running slightly longer distances. I don’t have it in me, mentally, to train for a full, but I’d like to get back in the habit of running long. I also know I train much better in cooler weather and I struggle with summer training, so a spring half is perfect for me.
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Right now, I’m strongly eyeing the Chi Town Half Marathon. It’s put on by a group called All Community Events, and I know a few people have had problems with their races, but I’ve always had good experiences. I also love that they offer free race day packet pickup, which saves me the time and money of driving into the city to get my packet, paying for parking, and driving back home. It also starts in an area where you can find relatively inexpensive parking, unlike races that start in Grant Park and Millennium Park where you have to pay $20+ to park in the garages. And, the race is held on April 9th, when it should still be cool (again, I don’t do heat well) but it still gives me plenty of time to train.
So that’s where I’m at with my running. I may run a 5K or a 10K in the spring if I find one I like, but again, I don’t have a huge budget for racing right now, so that may not happen. I’m at a spot where I’d like the focus of training for a race, I’d like to work on pushing myself a little more, but I want to ease back into things. Eventually I think I might like to try to get back into half marathon PR shape and break two hours again. But, for now I’ll focus on what I need to get done today. I’m taking everything one step at a time.
Runners: When’s your next race? What are you training for?
What’s a race that’s on your bucket list?