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.
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.
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!
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?