As the Houston Half Marathon approaches on Sunday, I found this weekend that I was confronted with a dilemma:
- Take it easy race week to make sure my legs were super fresh for PRing at Houston.
- Continue racking up the miles toward my pretty aggressive goal of 500.
But I'm seeing the big picture now. Part of the reason I set the large six-month mileage goal was because I felt that I needed to get more miles under my feet which would make me a stronger runner and, in the long-term, a faster runner as well.
But why was I nervous and contemplating a super easy week before Houston? Because of everyone's continued promises that it's such a fast, flat, PR-worthy course! And yes, I'm sure it is, but I've woken up, and other races are favorable for a fast time too, especially if you are stronger and faster by the time those races come around
So rather than take it super easy this week, I've instead had one of my highest mileage weeks ever - 22.4 miles in the last 7 days. While my legs are a little tired, I'm not too sore. I plan to go into Houston Half on Sunday and see what the day has - that race will end up my highest mileage week ever (around 30 miles by the end of that race). If the weather is good, and I'm feeling good, I'll try for the PR. If it's not, and my legs are tired, I'll take it easy on this one. I'm looking at all the half marathon opportunities this spring, and see many other PR-worthy courses ahead, and knowing that I'm working towards delayed gratification, but probably not instant gratification this weekend. :-)
Me (right) with sister-in-law Cathie (left), who lives in Houston, at the 2009 Houston Marathon Expo. Cathie's also running the half marathon this year!