Running shoes by door, training plan hanging on fridge, Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook perpetually sitting on kitchen counter – YEP – it’s training season! The Road to Boston 2018 has officially commenced!!
Can you feel my excitement through your screen?? I can hardly contain myself.
I want you to do something after you read this… register for the Palmetto Bluff 10K, Half Marathon or (for the first time ever) FULL Marathon. Okay? Keep reading and you’ll see why.
I’ve always made my own training plans, with the consultation of my coach-cousin, Allen Baddour. If you are training for a race or thinking about training – this is my first piece of advice to you: figure out what works for YOU. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Who cares if she is running 15 miles this weekend and you are only running 12?
If you train better with a coach or like to follow a plan someone wrote for you, DO THAT! If you’d rather make your own training plan, go for it. No one knows you better than… YOU!
My blogger goal on this Road to Boston is to bring you a piece of training advice every Tuesday between now and race day (April 16). So here is this week’s Tip for Tuesday:
During training season, run a “training race”
Reasons why you should run a training race:
- It’s really good practice. How else will you know how much to eat, drink, sleep? What about recovery? How will your body feel after you run at race pace? Take yourself off of the usual path and hit the race course! Practice what to eat for dinner the night before, how much water your take during the race, what kind of fuel you bring with you, what to wear, whether or not you listen music (I vote no). There’s invaluable information you gain about yourself as a runner with every race you enter and run.
- You get to race. I don’t care how much you tell yourself “I’m going to run fast today.” There is nothing compared to running an actual race. The competition, the crowds, the clock will push you unlike any other training day.
- It’s fun! For me, running a race in the middle of training season gets me all pumped up. I re-drink the kool-aid time after time. It may be just the motivational boost that your weary runner body needs.
One constant in my training season is signing up for and running a “training race.” My general rule is to run a 10K if I’m training for a half marathon and run a half marathon if I’m training for a full. This year, I am excited to announce that my training race is the Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon, March 4, 2018!!
Palmetto Bluff Marathon
Palmetto Bluff is a gorgeous, unique resort, tucked away in the low country of South Carolina. Only 35 minutes north of Savannah. If you are a runner looking for a race this spring, PALMETTO BLUFF is the race for you!! I love running through the majestic paths cloaked with Spanish moss hanging from live oaks. The flat race course never gets boring and a blue grass band will greet you at the finish line. You are guaranteed to have a blast and likely to PR.
The race offers a 10K, half marathon and this year, PB is hosting its very first full marathon!
I ran a PR at Palmetto Bluff last year. In fact, it was only days after Chasing Helen went live for the first time. My second blog post ever was about ” Discovering Gratitude at the Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon.”
Last year, I was all about winning the race and securing a free night stay at Palmetto Bluff. That goal quickly saw defeat about two miles into the race. I walked away with a refreshing outlook on setting goals and chasing them down – the best goals are not easily attainable, but require failing first, growing from the experience, and pushing yourself forward. SO, I will return to Palmetto Bluff, with Boston on the brain, and a greater goal in mind.
Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to win the free night stay this year.
TAKEAWAY: Discover the Bluff. Palmetto Bluff is a super fun race and destination and it is not too late to sign up! Click here to register.
TIP FOR TUESDAY: Even if you don’t race Palmetto Bluff this year, find a training race that fits your timeline and give it your best – your body will thank you on race day.
See you at the Bluff!