Two years ago I tackled the Runner’s World Hat Trick. It was my first BIG event. At that time, I trained specifically for this event with a training plan that I purchased from Runner’s World. It was a good plan that had me ready to run it. I was driven to run it and run it fast. I even went to this race by myself and I did well. I did so well that I brazenly thought, “Why not run a marathon now.” Of course, I did have a friend who planted the seed and pushed me along:)
Fast forward two years later and I’m back. Things are different this time around. This is not a goal race. This race is different as I’m not even viewing it as a race. I’m viewing it as training for New York City Marathon. I’m also not the same runner that I was two years ago. I’m stronger and used to these long runs now. That being said, it is still difficult when you cross that starting line not to want to give it all you’ve got.
This isn’t my Rodeo.
This isn’t my goal now.
Eye on the Prize.
NYCM is just around the corner and this isn’t the time to run crazy.
Yes, I could have attacked the course faster today, but it would not have been a wise or smart move. Luckily for me, I wasn’t alone today. I was running with some other Mom’s Run this town who actually were doing four races in three days for 26.2 miles. I’m only doing three races in two days. And if more lucky, a few of us wanted to run these miles at an 11 minute pace and we kept each other in check. Alone, I probably would have not run a smart race. Together not only did I do what I needed to do, but we got to chat the miles away.
It is amazing to me how when I first started running an 11 minute pace was a goal. Now it’s literally an easy running day. Although I was saying today that this course is not really a course that I would want to try to PR as it is such a hilly course. I also realize that I may be as fast as I’m ever get at this point. I’ve run my sub 2 half. I think that be the best it’s going to get for me. So why not enjoy the ride (or run).
Tomorrow is another day and another race.
We will see what the day brings. Then it’s taper town for New York which will be my rodeo.
Tomorrow brings another 5 AM wake up call. Another race and another outfit:)