Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Sometimes Shift Happens
This weekend is the Hershey 10K race! When I signed up for this race I was originally hoping to make it my "goal" race for the year and was hoping to aim for a PR. I had all winter to practice running 6.2 miles, so I thought that was doable! However, once I found out that I would be running the NYC Half Marathon, my plans changed. The NYC Half would now end up being my first race of the year, not Hershey and training for a half marathon is different than training for a 10K. I needed to work on endurance, not speed. I would only have two weeks of training between the NYC Half and Hershey so I decided I could just run Hershey as a fun shake out run!
The Half marathon went better than I expected, and although I took the following week off I was surprisingly feeling pretty good. I was able to get two runs in last week and one was an awesome 5 miler that made me think that I could really push it and the possibility of still making a PR at Hershey was there!
And then, like I mentioned in my weekly wrap, I got struck down with a cold. I took it easy over the weekend and then thought I was well enough to go to work on Monday. The weather was gorgeous on Monday afternoon so I still planned on doing my 6.2 miles on the rail trail. When I got to the trail and started running, I quickly discovered only a tenth of a mile in that I could not do this. I would have to do a run-walk. Nope, couldn't do that either. I decided that I would have to walk the entire 6.2 miles. That was my new plan until I got a mile down the trail and decided I could only make this a 5K walk instead of a 10K so that is what I did.
I was able to complete a little over 3 miles but I felt so defeated. I guess just because I was able to get up and go to work on Monday, did not mean that I was feeling better. I was almost even worse on Tuesday. I am so glad that I was able to drive home from work without falling asleep. When I got home, I promptly put my phone on silent and took a much needed nap. Wednesday should be another run day for me and I debated between trying to give it another try to get my body use to running like this or just taking the rest of the week off and resting and then just seeing what happens on race day.
I'm probably going to have to go with option 2. So here I am again. This Hershey race went from being a goal race, to just being a fun shake out run, to being a race I'll be glad to just finish because I'll probably have to walk most of it. Hey, maybe I should try "race walking". So I guess just like anything in life, goals and expectations will need to be shifted and that's okay. At least I still have the Hershey spa to look forward to! -M