Monday, August 15, 2011
Fork(s) in the road
I know I just did a tri a little over a week ago but I am itching to throw one more in this year! The open water swim left a bad taste in my mouth (not literally because I didn't put my mouth in the water, ugh!) and now I want to do a redemption race. The Fall Frenzy is September 11th and I did it last year as my redemption race for the flat tire in Tri for the Cure. It is close, small, and a pool swim (of only 500 yards). All pluses. The minuses? Race fees and training for both that and the Denver 1/2 Marathon in 8 weeks. So now I am trying to figure out what I want to do. I decided I would wait until I did my long run (the first one in over a month) so I could see where I was in terms of 1/2 training. When my run was finished I still had no idea what I wanted to do! Here are the options I came up with:
A: Train for both the tri and the half marathon at the same time. That means a brick and a long run each week. Doable, but a little tougher now that my sister has gone back to California and is not available to watch the kiddos. Man, I was spoiled when she was here. I checked Craig's List for "free nanny" but surprisingly no results.
B: Just train for the half marathon and try to get faster. I was really happy with my distance during the long run, but I was not happy with the time. I was a lot slower than I wanted to be. I want to average 9 minute miles for the race and I was running 9:50 yesterday. Blah, that's a big difference! It was like I had rocks in my pocket. If I wasn't worrying about a triathlon then I could really focus on picking up the pace.
C: Just train for a FULL marathon and be slow. This one is a long shot but I have to say I am considering it (mostly because I suffer from delusions of grandeur). I have 8 weeks until the race and I already ran (almost) 10 miles. Could I totally work it and get up to 20 miles before the race?? I can change from a half to a full all the way up to race day. Tempting, but I don't think I am there yet. And I have to admit my main motivation is that I always have to correct people and tell them that I only did a HALF marathon. Dang it, I want to say I did a marathon. Plus, I live in Colorado and every other car I see has a 26.2 sticker on it. It is like they are taunting me.
D: Train for the half or full marathon and phone in the tri. I could just do the tri for fun and not even worry about my times (FYI- there is zero chance of me not caring about my times).
E. Start sleeping in and going to the mall. My legs are voting for this option.
So I guess the real question is: Do I want redemption, speed, or distance? Hmmmmm....