Last year, I had hoped to make a half marathon PR attempt in the fall, either before or after Wine and Dine. For various reasons (mostly, budget restrictions), that didn’t happen. This year, I’m revisiting that idea. I’ve got a better handle on my budget, I’m not racing as much, and I’d really love to have a goal to work toward for the fall to keep me motivated after marathon training ends. I’m the type of person who needs a dangling carrot to keep up with training.
HOWEVER… While I do have this half PR on my mind, I still really want to relax this summer. I wrote about how marathon training is taking over my life, and I don’t want training for a PR to take over my life once the marathon is done. I mean, theoretically I need to train for a half anyway, because Team Can-Am will finally be together and whole for Wine and Dine in November (!!!). But training for an early November half (and one that I wouldn’t be racing), would mean that I wouldn’t have to stick as closely to a training plan, and I wouldn’t need to even start training until mid-August, leaving my summer much more open.
It’s funny, because I started writing this post several weeks ago, and the general content was much different then. It was more like “I want to run a half marathon PR this fall, and I’ve already got a training plan and this is gonna be so awesome!” But now that I’m deeper into training, and in the thick of Mary Poppins madness, I’m changing my tune. I actually came back to the original post and wrote in all caps “DO I EVEN WANT TO TRAIN FOR A PR ANYMORE? NO!”
I’d say that at this point, I’m about 70/30 in favor of just not doing it. There is a half close by that’s one month before Wine and Dine, so I could potentially train for that and then just do maintenance until November. Or, I could just take it easy this summer, doing some leisurely maintenance to keep up marathon fitness, and focus on fun at W&D. Of course, because I’m just a little bit Type A, I’ve already pulled together a training plan “just in case.”
I’m sure it’s just the burnout talking, but I’m almost feeling like I may not even run a half again for a long while after Wine and Dine. I love running, but I think I need a good long break from distance running. It would be fun to work on my 5k pace for a while and really see what I can do speed-wise. Just think of it: a whole summer of nothing higher than 5 miles in distance… Boy that sounds great.
Are you a fan of super long distance running, or do you prefer shorter distances?