I've got a HM coming up in 6 days and by all standards I am woefuly under-trained (I haven't been able to put in the miles that I think I should prior to such an event) - so now I'm questioning if I should attempt the event after all. I should also note that I've already paid for it and it is a local event, making it convenient.
Some background: I ran a full marathon in late Oct, and quickly got back into my usual 30-20 mpw routine, but then life, other priorities, crappy weather, etc., got in the way and my weekly miles faded away. I'm embarassed to note what my weekly mileage has been, but I will say that my longest run in the last four weeks has been an 8 mile run (which I seemed to do pretty comfortably).
On the heels of a great 4 mile run this AM I am thinking that I will toe the line for the event and run to finish it, without worrying about where I'll place in the field (I'm a mid-packer anyway....).
Am I crazy? Or am I likely to really frustrate myself in the event that I totally bonk?
It sounds like your base is more than strong enough to get you through the race, doubly so if you don't plan on pushing the pace. Sounds like a chance to go out and have some fun without regard to where you finish.
Fat old man PRs:
Ugh - to make matters more exciting, I just found out that I have a social engagement the night before as well. Nothing like an early morning 13.1 mile run to get rid of all the bad joojoo.... :-)
What race is the HM? Is it here in New England?
Fat old man PRs:
It's in Clearwater, FL... Not that it matters, bit if you are curious and are looking to fly down for a run:
I just moved down here a few months ago. Kind of weird that the best running season is right now and into spring. Bit of a change from running up north...
I would try an 8-miler tomorrow or Wednesday and if that goes well, taper, get a good night's sleep Friday night, take it easy Saturday night, and run relaxed on Sunday.