I’m currently signed up for 3 more races this winter/spring:
The Paramount Break A Leg 5k on 2/15/15
Austin 10/20 10 mile race on 3/29/15
Statesman Capitol 10K on 4/12/15
And I will probably do 1 or 2 more 5Ks between now and the beginning of June.
Local readers may be wondering why I’m running the 5K this Sunday instead of the half marathon. I ran the half last year and enjoyed it but decided to wait until after 3M this year to sign up. I didn’t know how I’d feel after 3M and I wasn’t sure if 2 half marathons in 3 weeks would be a good idea following a lengthy period of stress fracture recovery.
I registered for all of these races on the afternoon after I ran 3M (January 25th). At that time, the price for the Austin Half was at $120. Yeah, no thanks– that’s way more than I want to spend to run a half marathon! And then of course the next day my foot started to hurt, so being priced out of the half was probably a blessing in disguise.
The good thing about sticking with shorter distances this spring is that I can easily keep my weekly mileage around 30-35 miles. I plan on doing 1-2 days a week at the track, which will help build more speed and also lessens my time on the roads (read: harder surfaces). This is basically what I was doing leading up to the 3M Half Marathon when I wasn’t sick or traveling, so I don’t think I’m at a high risk of re-injury if I keep up my PT exercises and strength training and take enough rest days.
My 5K PR dates back to 2010, so I’d love to update that with a sub-22:00 time, which I think should be doable if I put in the time at the track. I think my main goal race this spring will be the Austin 10/20 race. I PR’d there last year but my pacing wasn’t great and I was running on a stress fracture (which is so scary to think about). I might be able to run sub-1:17– maybe even sub-1:16– if I don’t go out too fast and also don’t have constant discomfort/pain in my left shin.
As for the Statesman 10K, I’m not sure what my goal is yet. Right now Athlinks says my 10K PR is 44:09 because that was my time at the Rogue Distance Festival on a short course. I would love to actually run that time for an actual 10K but that pace (7:05?) is faster than my current 5K pace. My only plan is to see how the next few weeks of training go and to keep re-evaluating. Last year I tried to plan out all of my races for 2014 way ahead of time, which ended up being an utter failure since I got injured. This year I’m trying to go with the flow a little more and not think ahead by more than 3 months. It means I may end up paying a bit more in race entry fees but that’s a risk I’m willing to take after losing so much money last year on races I had to DNS.