September 29, 2014

My Decision for Richmond

As I mentioned in my last post about Richmond, I've been giving myself time to think over this race.  I looked into the deferral policy and also switching to the half.  They allow deferrals through Oct 31st, which is amazing; it gives people a lot of flexibility for emergent personal issues or injuries.  They allow changes to another race through tomorrow and only for a $10 fee plus any difference in the current registration fees.  So there are options...

But in the end, I've decided that I truly want to race this marathon.  As we've seen some crisper weather, my spirits and overall attitude about running have improved.  I've told myself to keep pushing, to keep trying for the 26.2.  I have been gentler with myself on my long run pace and it's paid off.  I was able to zone out during my recent 17 and 18 mile runs and actually find some peace and calm. 

I have been dedicated to strong weeknight runs and made changes to better accommodate them.  For weeks, I found that my tempo runs (traditionally on Thursdays) either didn't happen or happened at a greatly increased pace or reduced mileage.  I realized that this was my hardest weeknight workout and I simply switched it to Tuesday.  For the last two weeks, I've nailed these runs and have been trading off speed work and hill work on Thursdays.  It's been a great confidence booster as well. 
Loved this from the Richmond Marathon Facebook page
And besides my own pride, I've thought of quite a few reasons to go for the full.  I didn't spend HOURS searching for the perfect hotel to be close to the starting line for "just another half marathon."  I got to see my race shirt at the Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach expo...I couldn't tell you what color shirt is for the half marathon.  And besides I love this blue!  I like being able to eat ice cream a few nights a week and not stress about the calories.  I've come this far that I figure I might as well see the training cycle through to the end. 

I only have 2 more long runs in this training cycle and then it's taper time.  Race day is coming quickly and I'm getting excited.  I'm trying to take a more relaxed approach to my time goal.  All of my long runs are putting me at PR pace, and it all depends on how I feel (and perform) on race day.  Only time will tell (pun intended)!

Are you getting ready for a fall marathon?
{Christine}

14 comments:

  1. So glad to hear you've found a good "fit" for your runs just by switching things up. And autumn weather sure does help too! You're going to do awesome!

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  2. Glad to hear that you're going to run, Christine. It's definitely been tough marathon training during the Summer (it's still hot down here in Florida), and I am really glad that I'm in my pre-Chicago taper right now. Now all I have to do is hope that the weather for Chicago will be nice running weather! Fingers are crossed...and sending along my well wishes for you as you get through these next few weeks of training before your taper.

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  3. I'm so glad you made a decision that you feel great about! You will do awesome!!

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  4. I love how we are ridiculous about what day of the week we do what. I'm in the midst of tweaking some things on my Disney Marathon schedule for this very reason - we can be our own custom training plan coaches, right? I would be proud of whatever decision you made but it sounds like you made the right one for you, right now. Go,Christine, go!

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  5. I think you are going to do great - it's such a good course and the crowd support is excellent. I can't believe the race is so close. I'm ramping up to 20 in October and then dialing it back until race day. Yay Richmond!

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  6. So glad to hear that you've come to terms with your decision about still running Richmond. I think its natural for all of us to go through emotional ups and downs during our training, especially when we devote so much time and energy to preparing for a major race, and that during that time we have so many other things going on. I know that you're going to rock Richmond, and I can't wait to cheer you on virtually!

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  7. Oh, I'm so glad you're forging ahead! You've got this and with that attitude there's no way you're not going to rock it! Good luck and have fun!

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  8. You're going to do great! I'm glad you're deciding to keep going. It can be a difficult choice, but so important to listen to your body when your on the fence.

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  9. Yeah Christine! I'm so excited for you. If I ever run another marathon again, which right now is a huge IF, I want to do Richmond. I don't think I've ever heard a negative word uttered about that race. And I'm all for Tempo Tuesdays! I used to do speedwork on Wednesdays but for some reason, Tuesday always go better. Great minds... ;)

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  10. Great news Christine! I am so glad you have had strong training runs since the arrival of better weather! You are going to rock it!

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  11. Good luck! I'm glad your training is going well and it would be neat to PR a race that you weren't even sure you were going to do at first.

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  12. A good color t-shirt is a perfectly acceptable reason to run 26.2 miles! : )

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  13. Glad to hear that you are going to continue with the full. You will do great! Just believe in yourself! That race shirt is super cute. Love the color! -L

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  14. We will all be cheering you on.

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