Yes, I just ran a half marathon on Sunday. And yes, I’m signed up for a 5k less than a week post half marathon. Am I crazy? Yes. But will I be at Saturday’s Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k? You bet!
The bigger question is: will I run this race on Saturday? That is yet to be determined. I ran last night for the first time since Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach, and my legs definitely felt heavy. I jogged more than I ran, but it felt good to loosen my legs up a bit. I don’t plan on running again before Saturday’s race, and whether or not I run, jog, and/or walk this race will be a last minute decision.
Having run this race last year, I’m already familiar with the course. The course is relatively flat, until the last half mile which includes running up and over an overpass. Depending on how my legs feel, I may run part of the race and walk the other part. But again, it’ll all depend on how I’m feeling on Saturday.
With that said, I have three different goals, and depending upon how my legs feel will determine which goal I’ll go after Saturday evening during the race.
Goal A – Finish the race in under 34:20 (11:04 pace) – this was my finish time for last year’s race – I’ll go after this goal if I’m feeling good and decide to run this race for time
Goal B – Finish the race in under 37:17 (12:00 pace) – I’ll go after this goal if I’m feeling okay and need to jog this race
Goal C – Cross the finish line – I’ll go after this goal if my legs aren’t feeling up for running
QOTD: How soon after you run a half marathon do you start running again?