I crossed the line. I am past it. I have gone too far. I am racing too much. And I did this to myself.
When I registered for the RnR USA Half Marathon something like 6 months ago it was of course the only thing on my March schedule. It was a no brainer to me. I run the National Half even with it becoming part of the RnR series.
Skip forward a few months and there was this great deal for the RnR New Orleans race, $35 for a half marathon! Knowing it was 13 days before DC I thought about it and figured I would take it easy and use New Orleans as a nice training run for DC and have fun with some friends. Ha, instead I let loose in New Orleans and killed my PR. Yay! No really, Yay. I was and still am very, very happy with my race in NOLA. I didn’t push it at all in the not even two weeks between races in an attempt to allow my body to recover and prepare.
On Saturday I put on a happy face and was content with my race. The more I think about it the more I am not happy with it. I should have run it better. I should have done better mentally. I should have finished faster. But I did not. There are any number of factors that contributed to this. My body is tired. It was humid. The course was hilly. But these sound like excuses to me and I just don’t think I executed well. I know it wasn’t a bad race, but it was not a good race either. I know I am capable of more than what I ran on Saturday.
I really have no desire to write a recap of the race this time. I had fun running with Emma and seeing all of our friends out on the course. I was happy to run in DC again, but that is about it. (The rest of the weekend was awesome.)
As I move forward I am trying to schedule races smarter. I am still looking to the Wisconsin Half to serve as my A race this spring. I know that if I continue to train smart and prepare myself mentally that Sara and I will kill it. I know we can do it.
Add into all of this that I am supposed to race an 8K this coming weekend. I don’t want to. I don’t want to race again. It’s been so long since I have run an 8K that I should PR, but if I don’t I will be pissed. I don’t really want to be around 40K people. I want to bond with my couch again. I want to sleep in my own bed.
I really, really don’t want to wear myself out and not enjoy running. That was not fun last time it happened. Thankfully this is a recovery week and I will just run and enjoy it.