Can I fake it?
Running, that is. A 10 mile to be precise.
I made it through the lottery a few months back to get a spot in the Twin Cities 10 mile, and the other day my confirmation ticket and corral assignment (#2!) arrived.
I want to run this race, but I haven’t exactly been preparing.
Okay, I’ll be specific. It’s been 23 days since my last run. And while 14 hour work days don’t leave a lot of extra time, this 23 number sickens me. I haven’t been this run-deprived in years.
I have carved out a plan to run tomorrow morning and get to work a little late. I think I’ve settled on 5 miles.
Long enough to feel and enjoy the run, but short enough to handle after a 3-week hiatus.
As for the 10 mile, is it wise to still run it? Could I handle the decision NOT to run it?
By way of helpful background, let me recap my running year…
January started slow with rest days and a nasty cold, but by mid-month I was again running strong. I was solidly focused on my sub-2 hour half marathon goal, and I trained consistently and well.
In February during the midst of 1/2 training I was thrilled to set a new 5K PR of 23:10 — almost a minute faster than my previous best.
Spring came and I smashed my half marathon goal by running 2 halves in 1:54 and 1:55 respectively.
May and June saw my mileage decrease as things got busier at the farm, but I was still running several times per week.
I ran 2 more solid 5K’s this summer and just missed a new PR in mid-August. I felt ready to tackle 10 mile training.
Then some stuff happened. Employees leaving, endless work, and training new people. Silage chopping, hay chopping, and a cold virus that knocked me to the pavement.
And we managed to buy a house rather spur-of-the-moment.
So here I sit, only 1 month removed from a fabulous 5K, but I haven’t run in 3 weeks.
I am certain I’m still in good enough shape to cover 10 miles, but I probably won’t like the result.
What to do?
I guess that’s a rhetorical question though, because I already know what I’m going to do. If things are going ok at the farm, I will pack up my stuff and head to Minneapolis/ St. Paul to run this race. Prepared or not, I will give it my best.
If some form of employee drama, farm emergency, or harvest/field work prevents me from going I will deal. I will stay home, pout, do my work, and get over it. I’ll tell myself it’s for the best, and I’ll start planning for next year.
And that’s the reality.
So, give me your best 3 week training plan for a 10 mile. October 7th is coming fast. 🙂