Monday, 9 June 2014

Tentative Race Schedule

I was hoping that my goal race training would have kicked off with a bang come the beginning of June, but, sadly, it hasn't.  Instead, it kicked off with a cold.  Foo.  And since I'm a bit confused about the Neck Rule's stance on the tell-tale sore throat that normally precedes a cold or flu (you know, that sore throat-stage even before you know if your illness will be heading upwards or downwards), I played it safe.  I did a few short (freezing!) runs and tried to console myself with the fact that 16 weeks is plenty of time to play catch-up.  Not ideal, but it is what it is.


The 'Neck Rule' [source].

At least those few short runs gave me the opportunity to finally test out my new Garmin Forerunner 220...  I'm grinning just sitting here writing about it, ha!  It's still early days, but for now I must say that I'm a big, big fan.  It has a bunch of neat features that my Garmin 405 didn't have, like auto-pause (pausing automatically when you stop running and re-starting automatically when you get going again), and a vibrating auto-lap alarm (no more wondering whether it was your own or one of your gazillion race mates' Garmins that just bleeped).  I'm itching to run with it some more.



I've had a few questions about my goal races for the remainder of 2014, so here goes: I have two races in mind, but sadly entries for neither of them have opened yet (they're both relatively small).  Not only that, though - the reason why I haven't written about either of them yet, is because neither race dates have been confirmed to date (crazy, right?  Don't the race organisers know that one needs to plan (and train!) ahead...?  Eish.).  Anyway, the one is a half-marathon late September and the other a sub-50 10 km attempt early-December.  Based on previous years' dates I'm pretty sure that my date estimations should be accurate, but I'll post more details as soon as the dates have been confirmed.


Last year's flyer for the half.

I'll be following this training programme for the half - it contains a nice mixture of running and cross-training; something that works very well for me personally.  I'm contemplating doing Run Less, Run Faster by Pierce, Murr and Moss for the 10 k, but will decide a bit closer to the race.  Or I could, of course, just wing it with Big Dog, seeing that he's clocking sub-50s without even giving it any thought, gmfff...


The Dawg.  And Max.

Wishing you all a blessed and healthy week - happy running!



8 comments:

  1. Crazy that the dates have not been confirmed! Looks like very nice challenges. I hope the flu and colds stay away now.

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    1. I know, right? So frustrating. Hoping my date estimations are more or less correct - couldn't put off starting to train for the half any longer!

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  2. Colds are the worst. Boo. But happy running and good luck with training!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! Feeling a lot better already :) .

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  3. Yay for race training! That's exciting! I think races should have their dates set for like 10 years in advance. That would be wonderful :). And I'm way jealous of your Garmin's features- I think a new one may just have to go on this year's Christmas list ;)

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    1. Haha, I agree with the 10 years - for dreaming and planning ;)! That Garmin is sooooo cool - I just don't want to take it off! Discovered a new cool feature yesterday - it actually gives you the temperature of your run when you offload your data onto the computer - love it! I thought Saturday's parkrun felt a bit cold, but was surprised to see (once I offloaded the data) that it was minus two...! Brrrrr!

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  4. I would have done the same thing with the sore throat symptoms! I think races should list their future dates years in advance. To help those of us that love planning for the future. I'm excited to follow your upcoming races!

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    1. I agree - how are we supposed to dream and plan without dates?! Pffffft.

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