Moving Forward

Leading up to the end of end of Half Marathon training, I started to have a nagging feeling of what to do next. I wanted to let myself enjoy the St. Pete Women’s Half and take the time to really process how I felt about it before I jumped into a new training plan. Living in an area with a lot of great races, I knew it would be difficult to know where to start.

This week has been one in which I took it easy. I did not exercise for three days following the Half and have only run one day. I wanted to take it easy because of the holiday and to really think about how to move forward. Sometimes taking that time to rest, mentally and physically, can give you the push to jump into a new routine.

So One Day I Just Decided To Run

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The question I have mulled over the most, is whether to focus on short or long distances. I want a sub-30 5K and I am very close to obtaining it. With regular speed training, I know I can get there. At the the same time, I want to run another Half. I learned a lot training for the first one and think this training cycle will be a lot more efficient. So what to do?

I decided to train for the Half. I will still run a few shorter distance races (a few five and ten K’s) but think maintaining the fitness I currently have, will help improve my time rather than starting to base build later in the year.

Here is the current race plan. It is tentative and I reserve the right to change my mind.

A Race:

Gasparilla Distance Classic – March 4th Half Marathon

Other Races:

The Florida Half Marathon 10K & 5K December 17th – Will do the 10K

Beat the Elite 10-K Challenge – January 14th

Seasons 52 5.2K – January 21st

House of Hope Run Around the Pines – February 18th

Iron Girl Clearwater – April 4th Half Marathon

How do you feel after your A race? Ready to jump into a new training cycle or do you like to take it easy?

14 thoughts on “Moving Forward

  1. Right now I am ready, but I have to run a marathon next weekend and I have heard about how hard it is to run for some people afterwards. So we shall see! I hope I can stay on track. You seem to have a lot of great options!
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  2. I bet you will hit a sub 30 if you keep up training! I didnt really add any speed training to my runs but slowly made it under 30. My goal was to do my short run as fast as I could making it a bit uncomfortable and the rest be my endurance runs when I was training for a half. I need to find my next race because I am getting very lazy that is for sure.
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    • Yes, the medals are pretty awesome. The one from St. Pete is huge! I have mine hanging from a door knob in my office and my cats are constantly attacking them. I think they believe they are cat toys.
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