Races, and more races. They just keep popping up from nowhere in particular and demand my attention (and, frequently, my registration).
Don't you just hate it when that happens? (myself? Not so much).
Recently, I wrote a blog post (link is HERE) on the benefits of using races as training runs. It seems a lot of other runners (and some coaches) are on board with that notion so long as the races do not turn into actual "races."
Well, that was all fine and dandy until I received a text message from a runner friend, asking if I was interested in doing a 5K next week. This would be in the evening, in the company of friends.The 5K Run-Walk Klompen Classic is an annual event that kicks off the Tulip Time Festival in nearby Pella, a town rich in Dutch heritage. My initial thought was "No, not another 5K."
**I could treat the entire race as a short tempo run.
**Do it as a ladder drill...breaking it down into six " 1/2-mile segments," running the first three with increasing speed, decreasing my speed in the final three 1/2 mile segments, then going "all-out" for the remaining .1 mile to the finish line.
**Make it a progression run. You know, start at a conservative pace, then increase my pace at each mile (or 1/2 mile) increment.
**How about a Fartlek? Since this race is within the confines of a city, there will be city blocks and crossroads to accurately provide distance markers.
Of course, there is the option to just run those 3.1 miles easy and enjoy the atmosphere of a new race in a new town. Seriously, the possibilities are endless.
What would YOU do?
In case you're curious, here's what else is coming up in my near future for races. Will I see any of you at these?
-April 29--Drake Relays Road Races Half Marathon (Des Moines, IA)
-May 7 -- Des Moines Women's Half Marathon (also a 5K) (Des Moines, IA)
-May 13--Market to Market Relay (Jefferson to Des Moines, approx. 76 miles)
-June 3--Dam to Dam Half Marathon (Des Moines)
-June 17--Grandma's Marathon (Duluth, MN)
-Nov. 13 --Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon (Las Vegas, NV)
I'm linking this with several awesome gals and their amazing fun-filled link-ups:
**I'm linking with Deb for the Race Linkup
**I'm also linking up with Marcia and Patty and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run... Join the party!
**And, I'm linking up with Suzie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches' Corner