The answer, my friends? Nada. Nothing. Zero. Zilch.
Well, I normally LOVE racing. And I am sure I will eventually love it again (in fact, my fingers are itching as I type to google some upcoming local races) however, having two kids now, the sport of running has changed its shape a bit for me. Basically, I get what I can, WHEN I can, and simply cannot rely on a training plan to prepare for a race. I tend to injure easily and so being PHYSICALLY (and mentally) prepared for a race is so important.
When one of my littles is so young, it is just too hard to formally train for a race. The one component that is too variable is the LONG RUN. In order to successfully train for my favorite distance (either a 10-miler or half mary), I HAVE to get one long run a week (at LEAST 10 miles) and I simply cannot count on that. So, yes, I am running DAILY still (#septemberstreak) and running a ton. Along with this my running is varied (outside, inside tread, tempos, speedwork, etc.) but the long run is lacking 😦
Why is the long run so important?
Mental Strength. Physical Strength. Fueling practice. Endurance practice.
So, I will be back to racing soon, but for now, I am going to continue reaping the benefits of running “for the run of it!” Join me!