Catching Up

Yikes. This unplanned blogging hiatus has been much longer than I realized.

I’ve caught up with the following race recaps from this summer. All three were small, but fun, races.

  1. Strut for the Strays 5K
  2. Rhonda Walker Give and Get Fit 5K
  3. Rochester Rotary 10K 9K

My next race is the Brooksie Way half marathon this weekend. I ran this race last year and would have loved to try running a faster time this year, but I don’t think it’s in the cards for me. I’ve been dealing with upper leg pain for almost six months now, and my hamstring has been causing me the most trouble recently. Some runs are mostly pain free, and others are fairly painful. My mileage has been much lower than I would like as I’ve tried to find a balance between staying (somewhat) in running shape and not overworking my injured leg. I plan to take some off from running after the Brooksie Way, but I’m not sure yet how much. I guess I’ll be getting reacquainted with cross training very soon…

My training has been so-so. I’ve been running at least a few times a week (most weeks), but I haven’t been doing long runs. I’ve topped out between 8-10 miles over the last couple months, with most of my runs ranging between 4-7 miles at a variety of paces. I’ve been very happy with some of my paces (usually on the shorter runs) and ability to run cut downs, while on other runs I feel like my feet are stuck in cement. But things could definitely be worse, and I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to keep running/jogging throughout the summer despite the injury.

I’m not sure yet what my race plan will be for the Brooksie Way, and I might not decide until just before the race starts – or maybe not until after it starts. I really doubt (I mean really, really doubt) that I’ll be close to my PR in this race even if I can run it hard, and I’ve already been mentally preparing myself to not get disappointed at running a slower race. The injury has just kept me from logging as many miles and quality workouts as I need to set PRs right now, so I’m resigning myself to being happy just running the race and hopefully keeping my pace consistent throughout, especially over the final six miles which seem like nothing but rolling hills. I might run with my wife, and if so, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to accompany her as she sets a PR like she did at the Borgess Half Marathon earlier this year. Regardless of whether I run with my wife or strike off on my own to see how much racing my hamstring can handle, I’m planning to enjoy the overall experience and the scenic course that incorporates a college campus, paved roads, dirt roads, trails, and plenty of hills. It will be great to see Stephen Clark‘s band The Trending Topics playing again this year, and I’m really looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new friends at the race this year. Let me know if you’ll be running in the 2012 edition of the Brooksie Way this weekend.

Happy running, and good luck to all of you who are training or racing this weekend!

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