Back in April, I talked about future race plans and mentioned maybe running another half in August, the Eugene Women’s Half Marathon. Not long after that post, I decided against running in it for various reasons ~ training in the heat of the summer, training alone, etc.
I was firm in my decision. I felt good about it.
Until . . . driving home from the early workout class at the gym yesterday morning.
I thought to myself, “Could I?”
Let me back up.
This past Saturday, I ran with our local run club for the first time. It was so much fun (I’ll share more about that later!) and I was with such great company that I ended up logging six miles that morning, which was the farthest I had run since April. Other than being a little more tired than normal on Saturday, I felt great.
I thought about that run as I drove home. I started calculating how many weeks out the Eugene Women’s Half is and if I could fit in enough training.
The race is on August 26. That gives me six full weeks of training.
I could basically jump half-way into my training plan from last time.
These are the reasons I’m seriously considering it:
(1) I feel so amazing right now. I feel healthy and strong. I feel like I could do it.
(2) I wouldn’t have to do my long training runs alone. I could do them either on a Saturday or Sunday with a group of wonderful people.
(3) All of my runs are done right away in the morning before the sun starts really heating things up, so training in the heat is not so much of a concern as I thought it would be.
(4) It’s an all-women’s half marathon with Champagne, massages and chocolate at the finish line. How many opportunities like that will I have? #dunno
(5) We’ll already be in the area visiting family.
(6) This would give me a chance to see if I could set a new PR. When I run the St. Jude’s Half in December, I will be running with my girl. That race won’t be about setting a new PR. My main goal for that race will be to ensure that she has a great and memorable time. I want her to have fun.
I haven’t made a decision yet. I’m just going to chew on it for a while. Registration is open all the way until August 25.
Right now, my plan is to take the next two weekends and increase my mileage on the long run and just see how I feel and how my body responds.
I’m curious as to what y’alls thoughts are. Am I crazy? Or just crazy?