Back in December, when the Cherry Blossom 10-miler registration opened up, I decided not to sign up, figuring I could use that time to train for Boston since I was getting a late start after my injury. I did, however, plan to run a 1/2 marathon while we were in Arizona. Nursing a sore foot, however, I decided to skip that race.
Now here I sit, less than six weeks out from Boston, with absolutely no clue what kind of shape I am in. No, I am not shooting for a PR in Boston–that would be unrealistic this year. But I would like to know what kind of a pace to run there. Start out to fast and I’ll blow up. I do plan to be conservative on the front half, that is for sure. However, I don’t want to be so conservative that I run a race much slower than my current fitness level.
Of late I have managed to get in a tiny bit of speed work. A three-mile tempo run within a 10-miler last week, and three by one-mile repeats on the track this week. All felt pretty good, I have to say. So I’m left wondering if I might not be in slightly better shape than I think?
The only way to truly know, I think, is to try myself at a race. I decided to look around and see what options I might have on Cherry Blossom weekend, which is where most of my training partners will be two weeks out from Boston. There’s the Cherry Pit 10-mile race in Annapolis, an alternative to those who didn’t make it into Cherry Blossom. There’s also a 1/2 marathon in Baltimore to benefit Back on My Feet. Both seem like pretty good options. I’d likely add miles onto either one in order
to put in about 16 miles that day as I would were I just training.
I haven’t made up my mind yet as to whether or not I’ll race that weekend, but I think I’d like that benchmark before I go to Boston. Call me OCD if you will, but I always like to race with a plan and a warm-up race will give me a chance to formulate one.
What would you do in this situation?