Andrea texted me yesterday saying she wanted to go back to running marathons because they were "easier" than racing halfs. I returned the text, laughing, because I said I didn't plan on running a marathon until after the age of forty because I wanted to spend the next few years working on my speed. We both laughed knowing we would change our minds.
That took all of less than 24 hours.
I haven't done a race, racing or participating, since November. I've got the itch really bad. I don't care if it's fast or slow, long or short, I just want to get out there and race again. But, I do have one race plan for this year. I was hoping to train for and RACE a half marathon this fall. Leading up to this I was hoping to do 5Ks, 10Ks, 10 milers, etc. to work on being fast, fast, fast.
But I've also had this pull to do some trail running even though it's not easy to find a trail around here and well, I've not really done any trail running. And I can't get it out of my head that I'd like to try a 50K. Yeah, I don't know, but it just interests me. There was one locally last November that would have been perfect for me because it was mostly on roads (I would consider myself a road runner). I'm not sure, though, if they're going to have this one in 2013. Then I got searching the internet and I started to find some races. First I found a marathon on November 3rd. Then I found a 50K on December 7th. Hmmm, interesting. I could train to race the half marathon and yet still be able to do these races. Then I thought, but I've never done a true trail race (I've done two races on towpaths - not exactly the same), so I though maybe I should find something shorter to start with and I found a 10 miler in Dave's hometown on August 17th. Dave and I could both do this race if Dave's parents were in town and willing to watch the baby for a while.
Honestly, I have no idea what my running plans should be for the rest of the year. Remember when you used to be able to decide, "hey I want to run a race this weekend" and then go and sign up the day of? Yeah, that just doesn't happen anymore. Plus, I have to do a little more planning with photo booth events and now that we have a baby.
What do you think? Do you think you can gain speed by going long? Have you ever done a true trail race? Have you ever gone longer than a marathon?