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emiss Pro 70 posts since
Feb 7, 2011
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May 10, 2012 6:10 PM

Am I ready for this?

My husband and I are taking our family to a trail running weekend festival.  Since we have nobody to watch the kids we can't run the same race.  The 5K and 10K overlap in time so basically, in order for both of us to run, my husband would have to run either the 5K or the 10K (both on Saturday) and I'd run one of the races the next day, the only one of which I could do would *maybe* be the 25K.  I'm feeling about 80% up for the challenge, but I'm's my background:

I run about 20 miles a week and I cross-train (yoga 3X a week and an intense Boot Camp class 1X a week).  I've run two 1/2 marathons and both went well, but 25K is a whole new ball game.  My longest run to date was 14.5 last weekend on a flat rail trail very similar to the course I'd be running at the festival.  It went pretty well but toward the end I was dragging (I went out a bit too fast since I was with a friend who's a much faster runner than I am, so by the end I was pretty spent).  I really think that if I focus on just finishing and having fun I can do it, especially if I give myself permission to take some walk breaks as needed and to just enjoy the event.  But, since I've never run 15.5 I'm feeling nervous. The event is in 2 weeks and I may have time for one long run before the race, but that's about it.  I just don't want to get in over my head since I have a few races shortly after that one and if I get injured it will mess up other plans for the season.  I really think I can do it, but I also tend to push myself sometimes so it can be hard for me to tell if I'm being realistic with my goals.  Thoughts?

Completed Races:

3/19/11 Holy Grail 5K 36:20 (First 5K)

4/10/11 Wellness 5K 30:48

4/23/11 Stonyfield 5K 30:28

5/7/11 Dover 5K: 29:39

5/23/11 Get Fit in May 5K 29:44

5/29/11 Redhook 5K 29:32 (PR)

6/11/11 Market Square 10K 1:08:40 (First 10K)

8/18/11 Saunders 10K 1:07:35.49

9/5/11 St. Charles Childrens' Run: 29:54

9/10 Fox Point 5 Mile: 49:03

9/25 Holy Grail 5K: 32:33 (with bronchitis)

10/9 Great Island 5K 32:54.23 (still with bronchitis)

11/13 Seacoast 1/2 Marathon: 2:31:39 (1st 1/2 Marathon)

1/1/12 First Run 10K 1:4:45 (PR)

2012 Races:

2/19/12 Half at the Hamptons 2:28:18 PR

3/24/12 Holy Grail 5K 28:17 PR

4/21/12Whale of a 5K (first trail race) 30:24

3/30/12April Fools 4 Miler 36:39 (9:10mm)

6/12/12 Margaritas 5K 27:52 (9mm) PR

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    1. May 11, 2012 6:11 AM (in response to emiss)
    Am I ready for this?

    Go for it, you ran very close to the distance the other day.  Go easy and have fun, I still feel nervous at all my races and I have done a good many.  Enjoy the week-end, sounds fun!

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    2. May 12, 2012 7:21 AM (in response to emiss)
    Am I ready for this?

    You should be fine. 14.5 is plenty for training.  Just reverse what you did for that run  Be conservative for the first 7 - 8 miles and finish strong.




  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
    Apr 18, 2011
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    3. May 12, 2012 4:16 PM (in response to emiss)
    Am I ready for this?

    You have run two half-marathons, so there is your answer...have confidence in yourself, your training and your past accomplishments.  It's a few extra miles, so no big deal. 

  • ALatteCrazy Pro 105 posts since
    Feb 6, 2011
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    4. May 23, 2012 10:32 PM (in response to emiss)
    Am I ready for this?

    I think you'll be just fine . What's one more mile? Not long after you've already run 14.5! Pay more attention to your effort than your speed during your race, it's a better indication of how much reserve you have and how much you have left in your tank. If you start off a bit slower, you will be able to cruise later.


    Ontario Mills 10K Jan 21st 2012 - 49:32 3rd place women (PR)

    ARMC 5K March 10th 2012 - 23:02 1st place AG women (PR)

    SoCal Ragnar April 19-20 2012 Huntington Beach to Coronado Island - 24.5 miles total, 8:30 avg

    RoC Race Del Mar May 19th 2012 38:28 8th for div

    Fontana Days Half Marathon - June 2nd 2012 - 1:37 PR!!!! (1:48 in 2011)

    Wasastchback Ragnar June 15-16th 2012 Logan to Park City UT - TBA!

    Mojave Narrows Half - June 30th 2012 - TBA!

    Rockin the Desert Mud run - August 25th 2012 - TBA!

    Red Rock Relay - Sept 7-8th 2012 - Brian's Head to Zion UT - TBA!

    St George Marathon - Oct 6th 2012

    Las Vegas Ragnar - Nov 9-10th 2012

  • EMTTrix Pro 60 posts since
    May 20, 2012
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    5. May 24, 2012 8:30 AM (in response to emiss)
    Am I ready for this?

    You can do it!  You're already at 14.5, one more so got that!  and if you have to walk a little its no biggie, it will just give you something to improve on for the next one!  Go get it!!!

    Weight Loss 32 lbs loss to date (since 01/2012)

    5k Races 2011

    Chicago Monster Dash 10/29/2011 - 53:10

    5k Races 2012

    Chicago Polar Dash 1/21/2012 - 49:00

    Hartland Healthy Life 5/19/2012 - 43:08

    Summerfest Rock 'n Sole 6/23/2012 - 39:56 PR

    Run with Wolfes 9/16/2012 -

    Susan G. Komen 9/23/2012 -

    Chicago Monster Dash 10/21/2012 -

    7k-10k Races 2012

    Chicago Get Lucky 3/18/2012 - 1:01:36

    Obstacles/Mud Runs 2012

    Dirty Girl Mud Run (WI) - 8/19/2012

    Keep on keepin' on!

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    7. May 29, 2012 6:08 PM (in response to emiss)
    Am I ready for this?

    It sounds like you had a great time in spite of your problem.  You're right, sometimes the experience counts for a lot more then the time it took.  Congratulations and I hope you heal fast!




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