Sunday, May 31, 2009

Not every race will earn you a PR

Lately, I've been feeling a bit burned out on racing. With the arrival of my daughter, the recent Jewish Holidays, and a bout of the flu - I haven't been running as regularly as I'd like to. To add to that, I had a pretty packed race schedule, trying to complete the 9 NYRR races in order to guarantee entry into the NY Marathon in 2010.

I had signed up for the NYRR Japan Day 4 Mi, but wasn't crazy about the idea of running it - and decided to anyway. I told myself that I was going to take it easy, and just have fun out there. Sure enough - I started off strong, and pushed it hard. After about 2 miles, I pretty much crashed - with some liberal walk breaks thrown in, I still finished in a reasonable time - nowhere near my personal record - but also not the slowest race I've ever run.

Bottom line? I'm going to look forward to a summer of long slow runs, in preparation for the NYC Half Marathon, and hopefully a fall marathon (yet TBD). I'm glad that I'm done with racing for a while...but I'll still continue my speedwork on Thursdays.

In the end, I'm going to put this all into perspective for myself. I ran this race last year in 39:16 - and was elated because I broke a 10 mi / mi for the first time (it was my 3rd race ever). I ran this one in 33:49 (an 8:20 min / mi) - and felt disappointed because I didn't break 32:00. I could focus on what I didn't accomplish - alternatively, I could focus on how far I've come in a year. I know which option is better for me right now :)

1 comment:

Ansky said...

I hear ya man. It's tough trying to get those nine races and having to deal with family obligations, Jewish Holidays, etc.... The good news is you have your 9 races and your volunteer so you can take your break from racing and not feel bad about it. Take a week or two and just run for fun. Pay no attention to your Garmin or pacing. Just run because you enjoy running. Then start focusing on the NYC Half.