The main reason I registered for this Sunday’s Leesburg 20k is because the timing of the race fits my half marathon training plan perfectly. My training plan calls for me to run 14 miles this weekend, and its my last long run before I run Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach on August 31st. Knowing that I’m scheduled to run 14 miles, when I realized that the Leesburg 20k was scheduled for the same weekend, I started considering whether or not I should register for this race. A new race distance, an opportunity to run in a new location, and the chance to race instead of just setting out to run 14 miles on my own all appealed to me. Although a 20k is only 12.4 miles, I figure that on most race courses I don’t run only the specified distance, that registering for this race would be a great way to complete this weekend’s long run. And if I’m feeling good after the race, I’ll run the last mile to fully complete 14 miles.
I’ll also be using this weekend’s race as a trial for my current goal finish time for Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach. Although this weekend’s course is much hillier than the course in Virginia Beach is, I’d still like to test myself and determine if my goals for Virginia Beach need to be altered. Its also supposed to be hot and humid on Sunday morning during the race, which in addition to the hilly course is another factor I’m taking into consideration.
Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:22:55 (11:30 pace)
Goal B – Finish the race in under 2:29:08 (12:00 pace)
Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:35:21 (12:30 pace)
QOTD: Do you ever use races as a test run while training for a milestone race?