In it for the shirt

I think I am going to register for a spring half marathon because I want the race shirt.

What. This is not me at all. I really only race a few times a year and try to plan it so I am in top shape for each race. I run to compete. Sometimes against the clock, sometimes against other runners. I am a competitive person.

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But this shirt is so amazing. I really want it! So even though there is about a 0.00001% chance that I will be ready for a half marathon at the end of March, I’m planning on signing up soon.

The good news is that not only have my long runs been getting longer, they have been getting faster too. My last three long runs were:

  • 8 miles, 9:32 pace
  • 8 miles, 9:16 pace
  • 10 miles, 9:07 pace

So maybe, just maybe, I’ll have a major breakthrough in the next 7 weeks and absolutely crush this race. It is very, very doubtful however because I wasn’t planning on starting speed work until April or May. Right now it is all about building a strong foundation of easy miles. I don’t want to venture too far from that plan because I need to keep my focus on my birthday marathon (11 months to go!).

Even though I don’t expect to have a great finish time, it will be nice to check in on my progress so far and determine where I am now compared to last fall. Plus I haven’t raced since September. It is probably time to get back out there.

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18 thoughts on “In it for the shirt

  1. I love the shirt! Go ahead and sign up, if nothing else it will be a great aided long run, and you will push yourself more than if you were alone. If you’re already up to 10 miles you will definitely be ready for the race, too.

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  2. I knew you couldn’t stay away for long.

    I’m also all about racing less and quality > quantity, but sometimes it’s good to sign up for non-competitive races just to ease the monotony of training. Your goal race is a long time away and while it’s good to keep your eye on the prize, even the most disciplined among us can have trouble staying motivated without some “mental rest stops” to break up the time. While the idea of racing (way) less is noble, it’s possible to go too far in the other direction and forget why we love this, why we’re doing it, and where the FUN comes from. So, good for you!

    I think the key with non-goal races like this (I have one coming up too!) is to decide what you really want out of it and set expectations accordingly. All I really want out of Canyonlands is for it to not be a disaster and to have fun instead of huffing and puffing and swearing off distance running forever. Defining that “want” has helped me set expectations going forward. It’s highly unlikely I’ll run a fast time – hell, most days I worry I won’t even break 2 hours – but now that I’ve decided that’s not my focus, I can enjoy it more and have a more productive experience. If you want to have a “breakthrough” race, I say go for it – just make sure that’s what you want!

    Anyway, long comment, but I DO love that shirt!

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  3. That shirt is awesome, I can see why you want to sign up!

    Hanna’s comment is so good, I second that! If your expectation for the race is to check in and set a benchmark for where your fitness is now you will have a good day no matter what. Benchmark races are nice because you still challenge yourself to do your very best, but there is no specific time goal to meet. It’s pressure without pressure if that makes any sense!

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  4. judgement free zone here that shirt is awesome! i register for races based on bling so thats kinda the same. you know you might just like running a race without trying to bust a PR, some of my favorite races have been easy paced ones enjoying the time on the course. cheesy i know 🙂

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  5. Gotta admit, that shirt is legit. I love the idea of fitness testing. Putting your body to the test without the expectation of a finishing time is awesome.

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  6. Love the shirt!! I am a sucker for a good race shirt. The bling, not so much, but the shirt I can wear all the time! I gotta say, my favorite race in a very long time was a “training run” half marathon last Fall. I kept my pace slow the first half, and then I kicked it into gear after that. I passed SOOOO MANY people. It was the best! I crossed that finish line with a huge smile on my face. It was 10 mins slower than my PR, but by far the most fun I’ve had in a very long time. I highly recommend giving that a try every now and then. It’s a huge morale boost!

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  7. I love that shirt! You’d be surprised how much speed comes with a strong base even without speed work. Enjoy those easy runs for now and then go out and have some fun at the race!

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  8. It’s great to want to run races not solely for the bling/swag BUT sometimes that can be a motivator 🙂 and I can defiantly see why on this one… that shirt is seriously awesome! I would sign up for the shirt too. Sometimes swag is a deciding factor esp. if I can’t decide between two races that are on the same day 🙂 nothing wrong with that!

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