After last week’s 5k, I was all excited to start doing some race planning. I was ready to sign up for a half marathon in early December and wanted to sit down and come up with a loose training plan. I felt like if I wanted to do any more long races in 2019, that would be my best bet.
For the past 2 years there was a half marathon held in Baltimore called Race 13.1. I guess it’s a race that moves around to different cities. It’s been held here the first weekend in December and is a flat route around the harbor. Well, when I went to check the dates for this year I learned it is not coming to Baltimore this year. So that wasn’t going to work!
Over the past week I have been looking at races and trying to decide what (if anything) I should do. I came up with a few options. Ideally I was looking for something close by (no more than a 45 minute drive) in early December. I realized my options were limited because the last weekend in November is Thanksgiving weekend and we are traveling, and Grayson’s birthday is December 15th and we may celebrate either that weekend or the weekend before (although zero plans have been made yet for that). Then the holiday season is here and I’m sure we will be traveling but I don’t know when. So basically I would need to do something before Thanksgiving or wait until we have more firm plans for our December celebrations/travel.
As of right now there are a few things I am considering:
- Run the Annapolis Running Classic on November 16th
- Do a last minute race in December as my schedule allows (shorter than a half)
- Take some downtime now, rest up, and start planning a spring race
I am not sure if the ARC will sell out and that is a 45 minute drive away. Not only would Rob need to be on baby duty all morning, but I’m sure the pumping situation would be complicated. It’s totally doable but I need to be really committed if I want to go through all that. While I am coming off a 12 mile race and know I am in decent shape to run it, I wouldn’t have time for a full training cycle.
While I certainly could jump into some last minute races, I was really looking forward to coming up with a plan and a goal. Not anything too crazy, but I like having something to work towards. I am leaning towards option 3 but maybe will figure out another running goal that doesn’t involve an official race.
I think that the urge to plan my next race was heightened by my recent races and as I gave myself a few days to think it over I realized that this fall is going to be kind of busy and it wouldn’t hurt to wait until spring to do a goal race. This would also mean I would no longer be pumping/breastfeeding as much (if at all) and that would definitely make things easier.
Weekly Run Down
Anyway, this is what I did last week:
Tuesday: Strength training and walking
Wednesday: 5 miles with 30 minutes at tempo pace
Thursday: 3.25 stroller miles
Friday: Strength training
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: 4.3 miles
On my days home I’ve been getting out with Grayson for walks almost every day. It’s nice to get fresh air and enjoy the weather now that it’s finally starting to cool off.
On Wednesday I did a tempo run just because I felt like doing some sort of a workout but didn’t want to do anything too difficult. My tempo miles were around an 8:00 minute/mile pace. It’s kind of sad that it is dark out for my entire run now!
For Thursday’s stroller run we got out earlier than usual. I thought we could beat the traffic and head across one of the busier roads where it’s easier to run with a stroller. It was still a pain getting back and it started to lightly rain, so the end of this run was a bit stressful.
Saturday’s run was in much cooler weather! It was 44 at the start and because I was running before the sun came up it was pretty chilly. I think I needed a headband because I got a headache which sometimes happens when I run in the cold. The weather did make this run feel much easier and I was wishing we had these temps for my race last weekend!
On Sunday I ended up running alone, at 8am! Rob wasn’t going to run and offered to take Grayson for a walk, so I took advantage and ran by myself in an area that I don’t usually run anymore. It was nice to run a little later!
I think it’s time to go through some of my warmer running clothes and make sure I have them ready to go! I didn’t really wear them much last year since I was super pregnant when it got really cold. Then I didn’t really start running outside again until March. It’s crazy to think we are already in the final months of 2019!
Are you ready for fall running weather? Has it cooled off by you yet?
What would you do about racing if you were me?
Are there busy roads where you run that prevent you from running certain routes?