Why I’m Not Training For The Army Ten Miler

This is the first year since I started this blog that I haven’t written weekly Army Ten Miler Training Log posts. If I’m honest with myself, I’d admit that’s because this is the first year that I haven’t trained for the Army Ten Miler. Even though I stayed up late to register and do plan to run this weekend, it just hasn’t been a priority.

Army Ten Miler Logo

I’ve been running, but I haven’t pushed myself to run further or faster, or made sure I include speed workouts and hill intervals in my weekly schedules. When I was nonchalant about “only” doing a fun run at my conference in Boston, I figured it was because I didn’t have any races on my calendar–and then I remembered the Army Ten Miler!

So, why have I not been training for the Army Ten Miler?

I could blame my lack of interest on my workload and hectic travel schedule, but my Octobers always are busy, and that hasn’t stopped me before.

Spin Bike

It may have something to do with my new love. When I started going to spinning class once a week, it usually came at the expense of one of my running days. There is no way my legs could handle a hardcore running workout the day after an evening body ride class!

Army Ten Miler Collage

But since I am being honest with myself, I have to wonder if it’s because I had such a great race last year. It will be hard to match–let alone top–that experience. The weather was perfect, I raced strong and finished smiling, and I was thrilled with my finish time. Did I subconsciously under-train so I would have an excuse to not do as well this year?

Whatever the reason, here I am less than a week out from the Army Ten Miler without having trained for it. At this point, the only race goal I can set is to enjoy the day.

Have you ever done a race without training for it?

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15 Responses to Why I’m Not Training For The Army Ten Miler

  1. MIZ says:

    ok I WANNA FOCUS on your NEW LOVE.
    Ive enjoyed watching your tweets etc about the new found spinning love and youre motivating ME to find my new/longterm/shortterm/DONT CARE WHAT IT END UP BEING exercise-soulmate.
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  2. Betsy says:

    It happens to all of us I think. Maybe figure out the real reason why you haven’t been training. Maybe your hear is somewhere else?
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  3. Carrie says:

    Sounds like a combination of all of those things. Maybe the goal this year is to just get out there and remember how much you love a 10 miler and how great it is to keep doing this race year after year. Oooh – maybe you can leave your watch at home and just enjoy the race? :-0 Dare I suggest that? I don’t know if I could do that myself.

    Have fun and good luck!
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  4. Kim says:

    I think you might end up enjoying this race as much as any race ever – your conditioning is still there and sometimes just running for fun is the best!!!

  5. You have been crazy busy! Just go out and have fun, and if you do well and surprise yourself, even better!
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  6. Coco says:

    Thanks for all the votes of confidence!
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  7. Natalia says:

    Good luck, Coco, and have fun!
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  8. You have had so much going on! I say just enjoy going into the race with no time pressures and have fun – I bet you’ll do great!
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  9. Jodi Stuber says:

    I hope you still can have a great run and enjoy it 🙂 I want to try spinning too! I hear so many great things about it.
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