I RAN MY “SAINTS DAYS “ St. Valentines Day 5K this morning while on vacation. Discussed in an earlier post about running shorter races (January 5; Your Best Year of Training #7 RACE MORE) as a training strategy, I ran it not for a personal record (PR) but as part of a training plan. The plan also includes a “SAINTS DAYS” 10K on or near St Patrick’s Day, March 17, and a half marathon on April 18 (this was to be a 5K but now that I’m training, it’s a half).
Well it wasn’t a record, but it wasn’t bad either. The day before had been my long endurance run day. The two previous days had each included 24,000+steps taken as part of our vacation sightseeing and fun. My legs were not very rested, but I knew I could muster the effort to cover 3.11 miles in beautiful, sunny, cool-ish weather on dry roads. YES, I thought of skipping it. But knowing I would have a sense of accomplishment the rest of the day instead of a feeling of not being fully committed to my goal, it was a no-brainer to get out early and do it. Not running for a PR was a nod to the importance of family time. NO, no one ran it with me. YES, I ran it with my Earned Runs bib, on a course I chose, at a time convenient for my life. NO, it’s NOT A VIRTUAL RACE. According to Merriam -Webster .com dictionary, the simple definition of virtual is: very close to being something without actually being it; or existing or occurring on computers or on the Internet.
I hope you all experienced a sense of accomplishment in your training, and perhaps set a PR race this weekend.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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