A while ago I had an entire race schedule planned out, up through February’s Gasparilla event. Had it inked in, even, on my running calendar. Made some plans around the dates.
And everything changed.
I always like to start with the bad news first.
The Bad Running News
First race cancelled. Second race with turned ankle.
So many miles, so many plans . . . and then nothing.
The Good Running News
Ankle has recovered, and I ran 10, my farthest since the X Country, on Sunday. All went well.
You know, lights and ends and tunnels and such.
Hot Chocolate 15K, Tampa
Which leads me to my upcoming 15K! Because when one (or two!) races trip you up – literally in some cases – you need to just keep swimming.
Since this race falls before a half marathon at the end of the year that I’d like to run, dependent on our family schedule, I would like to pick up the pace just a little (not much, haven’t been speed training) to prepare for a hopeful 13.1.
I don’t have a lot of time to focus on speed, and I’m not worried about it: I run for fun these days. However, I wouldn’t mind going at this one a little harder since it is only 9 miles. My goal time would be to fall around 9:45 a mile. Not fast for many people, but fast for me with all that has happened in the past few months.
The course meanders the downtown Tampa area. From the looks of the map it appears to be near water! This will be great for a breeze and our weather is cooling down some. I’m hopeful it will be a beautiful, crisp and clear morning for a run along the water!
Which leads me to a . . .
Question for You
How often do you change up your plans when it comes to working out? Are you super diligent about following through a strict plan when it comes to races or distances, even when things get knocked out of order? Or do you change plans and go with the flow?
I’m trying to go with the flow more. It took a week or more to get over being upset about the course of this past training season. It’s hard work to get to 20 miles; harder work to do it twice; harder still when it doesn’t come through, twice.
Yet life goes on as they say. If I get stuck worrying about what is in the past, then I will never move forward to the future.
And my near future will find me running the Hot Chocolate 15K – so I’m going to look forward to that now!
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If you are going to be running the race, post a comment or find me on social media so we can connect at the start line!
Enjoy your sole filled journeys!