I love racing. I usually love the training too, but to me races make everything that much better. They make all of your sweat and hard work worth it. I am one of those people who lives for the competition. I thrive on it! I toe the start of every race with a goal in mind. I always have a plan. I am a planner!
Tomorrow (Sunday) I will be running my 15th half marathon. The half marathon is a distance that I have fallen in love with. In my mind it is the perfect distance. Not too long, not too short. Just enough time to feel it, but not needing to be in recovery mode for weeks after. It is a distance that I just have "clicked" with and I am not really sure why. If I look back on my previous racing experiences, my favorite races have all been half marathons (Girlfiends, Helvetia, Houston). Someday I would love to tackle the challenge of running a half marathon in every state.
Tomorrow my goal is to try and maintain my marathon pace of around the 7:30 range. On any given day I would say that this would be a cake walk....BUT....have you seen the course for San Fran?! Wow.
Questions for you:
Do you like the half marathon?
What is race distance that you have "clicked" with?
Do you always have race plan or do you just wing it?