Monday, May 05, 2014
This is the second year (and final year actually) that I participated in the Titanium Girl Challenge. It is running two Half Marathons in one week. One is an all women's HM which is why the challenge is only open to women--
I ran my second race yesterday.
I finished in 2:29:06
I finished the first race in 2:31:31
Last year, I finished both races at 2:15 and 2:20. Which means, my times this year are much slower than last year. And it really got me thinking yesterday.
Why, why, why were my times SO much slower this year when over all, I am in far better shape than last year?
The answer simply is-- training. I didn't train very well for these races. I know that I have limited time to pound pavement. And I really thought that my general exercise routine would help me get to where I needed to be for the races. But, hard truth is-- if I'm not actually running-- I'm not actually training for running.
I've had added responsibilities these last couple of months, meaning my mid week running time is gone. I haven't been able to drop my tot off with grandma and go running a couple of times during the week. My weekends have been busy and my family demanding of my time, and I haven't even gotten a run in every weekend for quite some time. And when I did manage a weekend run, they were squeezed in, rather than having plenty of time-- meaning instead of running 9-14 mile distances, I was running 4-6miles.
So-- if you want to do the same or better in your races as you did last year-- the simple fact is, that being fitter and stronger and lighter isn't going to get you there. You have to train.
And since I didn't-- I just have to take this as a lesson on what to do from here on out.
(BTW-- the reason I will not be competing in this particular challenge next year is that the IronGirl HM I completed was horrid this year. They really made a hot mess of what was a great race last year. It's the most expensive race I run all year and with that cost, you expect a great experience-- but man-- did they not give that this year! I will save that money and find another challenge to complete. There is one called Half-Crazy to try!)