If there is one thing I learned about running in 2016, it’s that less is more…..when it comes to racing, that is.
In the past I’ve signed up for as many races as I could possibly fit into my calendar, leaving minimal time for quality training on the weekends. There have been years I’ve done five half marathons (way too many for me, personally) and ended up injured.
I have found the more races I would do, the slower I would get. That is likely because I wasn’t devoting time to 1) solid training and 2) recovery from said races. I started down that same slippery slope earlier this year when I did the One City Marathon relay followed by the Shamrock 8K then the Smithfield Sprint Triathlon….all within three weeks. Whew. I was so burned out after the Smithfield tri that I deferred my race scheduled for the end of April and didn’t race again until July.
And I was okay with that. In the past I would’ve gotten bored and felt like I didn’t have anything to look forward to (race/workout-wise). Instead, I trained and I trained hard. I had a great race at REV3 Williamsburg and then raced well again at the Presque Isle tri in August.
In 2017, I’ve got some big goals. I’m signed up for a handful of races that are strategically spaced out to give me enough time to recover/train before the next. Here’s 2017, the year of smart training and racing!