Monday, April 22, 2013

updated racing schedule

After I posted last week, I thought a lot about running & racing.

I love to be at races. The atmosphere is awesome and usually a great way to spend a morning/day/weekend.

So I was eager to continue training for Lake Placid Marathon. I thought that maybe I just needed extended rest and would be ready to then go back to knocking out some big miles.

The weather was awesome on Tuesday so I headed out in the neighborhood, I was working hard. And assumed I was running high 9s- low 10s as I headed down to the river. And then I glanced at my watch- I was running in the mid 11s. I'm okay with that number but the amount of effort that I was putting in, wasn't matching up.

 I went through my meals for the past few days, how much water, or sleep trying to determine what might be the cause of my fatigue. I came up short. 

I felt nearly depleted by the time I completed 4 miles. 

My legs are not recovering from the longer runs quickly enough.  So with that, I officially decided to switch to the half marathon. I was out injured for a while and clearly I had bitten off more than I can chew by June 9th.

Am I disappointed? Sure, but to let ya'll in on a little secret, my big goal is to complete a 50k in August. Running a full so far in advance to the 50k would force me to have incredibly high mileage (for me) for an additional 2 months. So I have signed up for a night race (marathon) outside of Boston for late July that will serve as a better stepping stone for the 50k in August. Overall my new race schedule seems a lot more realistic.

5/5/13 - Mountain Goat 10 Miler (Syracuse, NY)
6/2/13- Freihofers Run for Women 5k ( Albany, NY)
6/9/13- Lake Placid Half Marathon ( Lake Placid, NY)
7/26/13- 24 Hours Around the lake Marathon ( Sommerville, Ma)
8/24/13- Green Lakes Endurance Run 50k (Syracuse, NY)


  1. I stepped down from a full to a half was a hard decision to make, but ultimately the right one. This post speaks right to me as I gear up for NJ Marathon, the legs are fatigued more than usual and I just have not gotten the long runs in! It sounds like EXACTLY what you posted...not sure about switching to half yet, but I'm on the fence! Good luck with the 50K

  2. Its hard but better in long run to listen to your body! Looks like a great race lineup coming up!! I love your medal and bib holders! I just made one too!

  3. Woohoo! You have quite the schedule! Anything called "Mountain Goat" sounds amazing to me:) I am excited for your 50K, too! Can't wait to follow your journey!

  4. Even though it was a tough one, it sounds like you are making the right decision for yourself. You will be even more prepared for that 50K if you don't risk another injury by pushing through the LPM if you're not feeling ready. You'll kick that 50K's butt!