I hear people say that they train for a marathon, or a half, or 5k. I started thinking yesterday… what does that really mean? Do they train to finish it? Or do they train to improve their speed? If you train to improve your speed, obviously you’re planning on finishing the run 😀 If you are training to finish the run (marathon, 1/2, etc.), like me :), then does speed really matter?
As I have mentioned before, I used to run 15-20 km 4 times a week… up a mountain…. I’ve never been afraid of hills, mud, rain, snow… Then I slowed down significantly in prep for having kids (I had to, following doctor’s orders) and then for 2 years when I had my 2 kids, I almost stopped completely. I mean I stopped running. I was still walking a lot and I mean miles and miles of walking. But the running part definitely took its toll. Now that I am going back to it and I go on longer runs, I have time to think LOL That’s one of the perks of running… you actually get to hear your thoughts. Five years ago, I would have been training for speed. I had the endurance part covered. I mean I could run Burnaby Mountain all the way from Burnaby, over the mountain, to Port Moody and back without even thinking twice. Ironically, back then I wasn’t very interested in participating in marathons or any races. I did the Vancouver Sun Run once and that was it. I running for pleasure and it felt great.
But now my endurance (and joints and muscles) is so different that I need to build it back up. So having just signed up for a 10k, Seek the Peak – 16k from elevation 0 to top of Grouse Mountain – 4100-foot climb, and for a half marathon this year alone, my goal is actually to just finish these races. 😀 I would be very happy if I actually completed all of them to the finish line 😀 Is that so much to ask?! 😀
How about you? What is your running goal? 🙂
PS. I went for a beautiful trail run last night to Crystal Falls in Coquitlam, 5 min from my place, and it was amazing! I love trail running and I wish I could bring the stroller on some of these trails. My kids would love the mud 😀