If you follow me on Facebook, you may have picked up on the fact that I am running a 25k trail race this weekend. And you might have wondered how I could keep my heart rate low during such an effort. The answer is, I can’t.
I’ve had this race on my radar for a couple of months, and recently decided that I really wanted to do it. I don’t want to jeopardize my MAF training, however, so before moving forward, I emailed the Sock Doc to get his input. His take on it–go ahead and take a one-day break from the low heart rate. Just what I wanted to hear!
So now I get to go out and play in the mud on Sunday. I don’t expect this to be any great race result because for one, I am pretty inexperienced at trail racing. For two, while I am improving at running at a low heart rate, I am not in race shape! It’s been over two months now since I’ve done any speedwork, so trying to go fast will surely feel like a shock to the system. But this isn’t about that–it’s just about being on the trails and not having to look at my heart rate for one day. It’s going to feel pretty freeing I am sure.
The downside to this race is the timing–I’ll be missing my kids doing a triathlon the same morning. I was really conflicted on this one, believe me, and I’m taking a heavy dose of mommy guilt with me to the trails. But my philosophy is that if I am at the majority of their events–and I am–it’s ok for me to miss one here or there. It’s also not a bad thing for kids to know that their parents have lives outside of theirs.
I do a bit of trail running around here, whenever I can, but the last trail race I did was in Australia three years ago, a 35k. It was on a big mountain and it was tough! But I loved it and it definitely whet my appetite for doing more. Can’t wait to get out there this weekend!
Who else loves the trails? Doing your own race vs. watching your kids–how would you decide?