It's been 6 weeks since my half-marathon. I'm starting to think about what kind of race or event to do next.
Last year, we were back in my hometown for Thanksgiving, and ran in a Turkey Trot there. The Turkey Trot had a 2.5 mile or 4.4 mile option, and almost 2300 participants between the two events.
I ran the 2.5 because I didn't want to "push it" by running a 4 mile race and be one of the last people to finish. It's run by one of the former cross-country coaches from the district in which I went to school, so there are a lot of fast runners and cross-country alum (I don't fall into either of those categories).
My longest run as of when I registered last October had been nearly 4 miles. If you told me last October that in one year, I would have run 2 half marathons, I would have thought you were crazy - !!
Anyway, this year, we're sticking around our place for Thanksgiving, and visiting family at Christmas. I don't know of any big races over winter break there, so I'm looking into a fun Turkey-Trot kind of event around here.
It looks like there are 2 events near us - one being a cross country run in a very nearby park sponsored by a high school sports team ($20), and another in the next town over run by a church ($27). I'm inclined to go with the one that's closer, but concerned about sloppy weather making for a muddy run.
Because of all this longer-distance running and warmer weather, I got sloooow, even for short distances. I need some help getting a little faster (for me) again.
I used my favorite Smart Coach to make a couple "plans" for me if I decide to run a 5k.
Here's one based on 4 weeks:
And another based on 5 weeks:
Smart Coach seems to think the extra week will help me shave :06 off of my pace.
My last, well -- my only -- 5k finish time (July 2009) was 30:39.
There's no way I can run my easy runs at a pace of 12:47 without a lot of effort to be that slow, or without a little walking mixed in. I think for my half training, ~12:06 was my slow pace, and that was tough sometimes.
While I got slower, I at least I know I have the endurance to go longer distances, and to be out for 2 hours at a time, for whatever that's worth. Anyway, I have started using the above training plan for my running 0 whether I sign up for a Turkey Trot or not.
Have you ever done a "turkey trot"?
Are you currently signed up for any events (Turkey or not)?
PS, Happy Halloween!