Sunday, March 27, 2016

...and the Answer is:

A couple of days ago I shared my internal struggle with the question of whether to run the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run next week or not. I knew my final training run would provide an important data point for my decision. It turns out that data point was definitive and I am sure I am making the right decision for me.



The Training Run

I had a 6-mile training run planned for this weekend, the longest run I've had in a month. I knew that how I felt during this run would be an important factor for me to consider as I made my decision. 

  • Mile 2: My legs felt heavy and my body felt weary. I reminded myself it usually takes a couple of miles to completely warm up and find my groove. 

  • Mile 4: There was no groove to be found. I knew I was going to the run the 5K instead of the 10 Mile Run. 

  • Mile 6: I was certain of, and fully at peace with, my decision.

While I know I am capable of running 10 miles in the allotted time next weekend, I won't really enjoy it with that kind of physical and mental fatigue. And above all, I want to enjoy and fully experience next weekend. So the 5K it is! 


Why This Choice is Awesome

Here are all of the good things that come with this decision:

  • I can be fully present as a Coach. I will go in on the metro with runners from my =PR= Reston Training group, meet up with others pre-race, see each corral start, and be near the finish to cheer them on. With the race pressure off for me, I can focus on them - their jitters, excitement, last-minute questions, and accomplishments.

  • I can enjoy all the weekend activities. There is a lot of cool stuff at the expo, but when I run the 10 Mile Run I am focused on limiting time on my feet. Now I can spend that time more freely and experience more of it. I am looking forward to meeting Meb Keflezighi (!!!) at =PR= and I am excited to go to the elite athlete dinner the night before the race (one of the amazing perks of being a race ambassador).

  • I can experience parts of the race I haven't seen before. I'll get to experience the 5K. I'll see the 1K Kids' Run. I can even watch the elite athletes start since I don't have to be in a corral waiting for my own 10 Mile Run start. I've missed all of this in past years while I was running the 10 miler and it will be cool to see other parts of the race day fun.

  • I'll run a race distance I can enjoy. While today's run signaled to me that 10 miles would feel like a chore, 3.1 is right up my under-trained alley. I'll still get to run past the tidal basin and see any lingering cherry blossoms, run along the Memorial Bridge while high-fiving the runners on the other side of the bridge and run triumphantly across a finish line.

  • I can live-tweet all of the fun! With this more relaxed schedule, and access to more activities than I've experienced in the past, I can document and share the fun live on twitter: Meb, expo, elite athlete dinner, and Sunday's adventures from the early morning metro trip all the way through the awards ceremony and post-race brunch (another race ambassador perk)...I can tweet it all! Thanks to Coach Shannon for planting the live-tweeting seed in my brain.

I hope you can join me (in-person or virtually) for this weekend's Cherry Blossom adventure!


15 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you were able to find your answer during this morning's run. Now you can focus on having fun during all of the events this week!

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    1. Thank you for helping me figure it out :)

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  2. Glad you found your answer. Oh maybe I'll see you on Thursday. What time do you think you will arrive?

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    1. Thursday at PR? I'm going early because I suspect it will be a zoo. Maybe 5:15?

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    2. Hopefully we'll see each other there :)

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  3. It definitely sounds like you've made the right decision for you, and you get to enjoy the race with a new perspective. I can't believe Meb is running the race, so exciting! Look forward to meeting you this weekend!

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    1. I'm looking forward to meeting you, too. It's going to be a fun weekend!

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  4. I love this decision!! I may decide to get out on the bridge and cheer again. If so I'll look for you!

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    1. Yay! The 5k doesn't start until 8:40, so it will be nearly 9 by the time I'm on the bridge. Probably later than you will want to hang around :)

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  5. Sounds like you are making the right decision. And the best part -- you won't have to run Hains Point! ;-)

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    1. LOL - that did occur to me as one of the 5k perks!

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  6. So well done Kim. You have such a great self worth.

    Sometimes us runners can be quite a stubborn lot (speaking about myself 1st and foremost). Even though I may not be prepared for a distance, I will still run it, as if I have something to prove.

    This is very refreshing to read. Love your list "Why This Choice is Awesome"

    Have a wonderful Cherry Blossom race. You are an inspiration! :)

    ~Carl~

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    1. Carl, your comments are always so thoughtful and heartwarming. I appreciate them very much!

      I've certainly had my share of stubborn runs. I'd like to think I'm getting a little wiser as I get older.

      You are an inspiration to me, too! :)

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    2. Thank you so much Kim. You are su kind! :)

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