Why I don’t Race the Race!!

Last week was great!  

I had a great week in training and feel that things are actually starting to head in the right direction.  I had some really great runs that boosted my confidence and showed me that my fitness is starting to come around again.  I ran some miles in the 8’s and low 9’s which I haven’t really been letting myself do for a long time.  I don’t want to push things too much.  Last week I wasn’t pushing.  I was just running, removing the mental aspect of it and not worrying.  It helped.  I was faster…naturally! 🙂

Best Running Son EVER!  

Saturdays “long run” went without a hitch.  Dare and I got up and around.  Dropped my 12 year old off at basketball and headed out to run.  We had a little bit of weather problems overnight so the ground was slippery in spots due to freezing rain.  It also was raining/sleeting the majority of time we were running.  We had to slow our pace a few times but neither of us had any complaints!!  It is great to be out and running…that is reason enough not to complain!!  We ran a nice hilly out and back.  My legs are really starting to appreciate the added hills.  I know this will pay off huge in Georgia!!

I got out of the house for awhile on Saturday night for a much needed night of fun with friends whom I haven’t seen in forever!  Kevin (the guy) was working so he had to miss out!  :p

Photo courtesy of Bill

This week is the beginning of my half training.  I have been doing a base building plan until now.  So this week I get to start really trying to add some speed and more strength into my runs.  I am just going to put this out here now….I want to PR in Georgia.  This means a lot of hard work is needing to enter into my life!  I have all the faith in the world I can.  I just have to work hard and not let my mind get the best of me!

Racing the Race!

My current PR for the half is 2:02…so to beat that I just need to run 9:18 or faster…I can do that!  I know I can.  I just need to actually race the race!  Who else is guilty of this?  Not racing the race is something I never realized I was doing until just recently when I was considering trying to PR.  
Every race I have run, I have never actually raced.  I run, I even run hard.  But I don’t race.  I always have something left.  I never actually push myself.  I let ok be good enough.  I am scared to burn out!!  Each half I have run, I talk and laugh and joke the whole time.  Never actually pushing myself to the next notch in my race game.  I finish strong but don’t feel like I left it all out there.  This year is going to be different.  I am going to get uncomfortable and I am going to push myself to racing and not just running.  
This quote helped me realized what I wasn’t doing.

I never let it get to that point

Having found and now understand what I am not doing has really changed my perspective of why I run.  I am capable of so much more.  I take the easy route and don’t actually force myself to try.  I am really glad I had this Ah-Ha moment.  Without it I am sure I wouldn’t be willing to try harder when I get to GA.  I don’t want to just PR…I want to crush my PR.  So here is to Official Half Marathon Training!

Last weeks recap:


Sunday: REST
Monday: 2 miles @ 8:38 pace
Tuesday: HIIT due to snow storm 
Wednesday: 4 easy hilly miles @ 9:57 pace
Thursday: 3.13 easy miles @ 9:12 pace
Friday: REST
Saturday: 6 miles “LSD” @ 10:17 pace

Total: 15.5 miles

~HRM~
#irun4tiernan

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6 thoughts on “Why I don’t Race the Race!!

  1. I think you are going to crush your PR. Most of running is mental and it sounds like you are really committed. Good luck and I cannot wait to follow your training!

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