Thursday, December 14, 2017
To train or not to train, that is the question.
On Tuesday I shared the races I'm thinking about for 2018. The first race on the list is one I definitely plan to run, as long as I am not sick or injured come race day. It is at RB Winter State Park and it's called Last Man Standing.
The concept is interesting. Here is the info directly from their website:
The first year I ran the race, I completed 8 laps and was the 3rd female. The second year I also completed 8 laps but didn't place.
This year I am wondering if I should shoot for nine laps!? This is what my slowest pace would have to be for each 1.6 mile loop:
Loop 1- 12:30
Loop 2- 11:52
Loop 3- 11:15
Loop 4- 10:37
Loop 5- 10:00
Loop 6- 9:22
Loop 7- 8:45
Loop 8- 8:07
Loop 9- 7:30
By the completion of Loop 8, the mileage is up to 12.8. Loop 9 would bring it to 14.5 miles. That's a really fast pace to be running by the end! Especially because part of the loop is on trail and there is usually snow/ice on the ground!
The only problem is... even though I never trained for this race in the past, I feel like I am much slower than I used to be. I think it would be a challenge to do 8 loops and a huge challenge to do 9. If I wanted to do 9 loops, I'd have to do some speed training on the trail...
... but do I feel like doing that? I suppose if I have to ask myself that question, the answer is no! I have just been getting sick a lot these past couple months, haven't been getting good sleep, and really just am not feeling 100% like I normally do. I WANT to feel good but I don't.
The race is on January 6, so if I'm going to train to do well, I better get started yesterday...
Actually, I did end up running 15.5 miles on the trail with my dad this past Sunday. I felt terrible the whole time! I ran a 30k on the trail two weeks before and this 15 miler I just did seemed so much harder than the 30k. Maybe it was just a bad day!?
Do you ever go through periods where you just don't feel that great?
Does this sound like an interesting race that you would do?