To do or not to do

I’ve been reconsidering the Charleston Marathon, purely for economical reasons. Since I’ve already signed up for the Asheville Marathon in March, I’ve decided that I need to be more economical in regards to other races I want to do in the next few months. Mainly, I’m going to focus on races that don’t require an overnight stay.

Since running in Tennessee, I’ve been craving a trail race. I’ve decided that my next race will be Rudolph’s Rampage, which is a half marathon in the Harbison State Forest in Columbia. It’s five weeks after my 10k this weekend, which gives me plenty of time to train. I ran the XTERRA Harbsion Half Marathon last year, which gives me a pretty good idea of what I need to do to train. Mainly, I need to focus on building up my strength.

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I started the day off with a 2-mile run with Huck, then did the 7-minute workout. Although I’m a bit sore, it was definitely easier the second time around. My evening workout consisted of hill-sprint intervals on the treadmill. I started off with a .5-mile warm-up, then did the following intervals:

.5-mile @ 6 mph + 3% incline
.25-mile @ 7.8 mph
.5-mile @ 6 mph + 3% incline
.25-mile @ 8 mph
.5-mile @ 6 mph + 4% incline
.25-mile @ 8.2 mph
.5-mile @ 6 mph + 4% incline
.25-mile @ 8.4 mph
.25-mile @ 8.8 mph
.25-mile @ 6 mph

I gradually increased the pace on my “sprints,” but I never felt like I was pushing too hard. I felt strong throughout this workout and never questioned my sanity. Not every workout has to be a killer!

Last night, I started reading Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. What better motivation than to read a book about climbing Mt. Everest?!

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