Running used to be a huge activity for me. When I lived in Duluth I frequently ran 3-5 miles each workout throughout the week. Living in Aitkin I still exercised frequently. Teaching yoga sculpt, coaching the dance team, and training for triathlons ensured my base level fitness was fairly decent.
These days I workout approximately 2-3 times per week. Sometimes I’m at yoga, sometimes I’m running, and other times all I can manage is a good walk. I had hoped with signing for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (aka Grandma’s half) that I would get back into the routine this spring.
The routine has not been found. Between work stress, school, and slight injuries my workouts have not been improving as I would have hoped. So instead of running a 10k on Saturday morning, I’ll be getting through a 10k. I ran 4 miles at the beginning of April with a close friend, and I can accomplish 2 more miles, but my pace is going to be in the 13 min mile range.
And that is going to have to be okay. I’m still planning on going to Grandma’s half in June. If I keep a low mileage, injury free base these next 6 weeks, I can complete 13.1. Who knows, maybe this fall I can return to the Twin Cities 10 Miler as a newly graduated MBA and really celebrate?
What would you do?
Would you drop out of the races because your training is not there?
Or stubbornly push through because you’ve paid and committed?