I need some advice.
A few of us Puget Sound bloggy runners have been e-mailing back and forth about doing a race next month. It’s nearby. It’s FREE.
And, it is 15.78 miles! (It’s called the Million Inch Run.)
I want to do it, but I have not yet broken the half-marathon distance yet, and that was back at the end of November. The most I’ve done since then was an 8-miler the week before Christmas.
My training schedule is calling for seven miles on the day (Feb. 13) of the Million Inch Run — less than half of the race distance. I think mentally and physically, I can do it, especially if I get some longer runs in during the next couple of weeks. However, I don’t want to hurt myself or do anything to jeopardize my paid-for race on March 21.
Is it too much mileage too soon? What should I do?
Hey Kerrie–I was thinking that I wanted to run a marathon but didn't know if I could do it. She is a marathon runner and this is what she said: If you can run a half marathon, you can run a full!I say go for it! If you don't finish, it isn't like you are out any money!
So how many weeks do you have to train? I would go for it but really listen to your body and back off when you need to.
Well, explain to the people that do the race that they usually have 1/2 marathons with marathons and ask whether they will incorporate a 1/2 Million Inch Run!
Hi Kerrie – Why don't you use this as a long training run and just take it nice and easy. The mileage will be great for you as you prepare for the other race that seems more important for you. It's as much about your mental approach as how fast you go. Think of it as extended training and prep for the big one. All will be good.Best of luck,Ian
Well it's about 2.5 more miles that what you know you can already do right? But you've already registered for the half on the March 21st. That is kind of a tough decision. Why don't you register for the free race and just play it by ear; see how you feel as race day appraoches. If you decide to do it just take it easy and run to complete and if you start feeling wonky then stop. No harm no foul.
I would attempt it and if you don't feel good about it 1/2 way through, then stop.
Lisa is right, it's only 2.5 more miles than your half. Even if you have to slow down or walk, just finish. 🙂 it's all about the finish. AND, it is a really flat course, too.