Post-injury I expected my endurance to come back much faster than it is. Apparently 6 weeks is a long time. Was it unrealistic to think I’d get most of my endurance back in three weeks? Guess so! I’m not going to be able to run the whole distance at the Seattle half marathon, one week from tomorrow. So, I’ve got to rethink my goals because my old ones are no longer valid.
Old goal: Finish sub-2:30. As far sub-2:30 as possible.
New goal: Finish. Without Dying.
I was originally contemplating two different approaches for this race but I think I know what I’m going to do. Drum roll please…
I’m planning to do intervals of 10 minutes run, 2 minutes walk to help stretch out my running for as long as possible. The recovery time could help me keep a faster overall pace and I might be able to maintain this combination throughout the entire race (maybe). I have trouble with this though because I want to run a half marathon. There’s nothing wrong with walking at all. It’s just not how I envisioned doing this. That’s what goal revision is all about!
Really though, I think in the long run this is the smarter option. It’ll allow me to finish the race with some consistency instead of pushing myself for the first 7 miles and having to walk the next 3 because I’m totally spent. Also, when I get really tired I tend to get sloppy and I don’t want to risk hurting myself again. I want to have a good time, get a half under my belt, and finish without incident. Then I can focus on staying injury-free and preparing for my next half in October.
It’s easy to get caught up in pace and PRs and those are important. Lord knows I am a chronic goal setter. I’ll be chasing down a much better time at my second half for sure. But maybe being forced to slow down a bit and change my focus for this race isn’t a bad thing. This time around I’ll be able to really take it all in. The bands. The atmosphere. The cheering spectators. The other runners and walkers. That’s half the fun anyways.
And no matter what my time, I’m going to have FUN