This is a post that I’ve had on my “to write” list for a while, but for whatever reason (likely my hectic schedule!), I haven’t gotten around to it.
After training for – and completing – the Disney Princess Half, I’ve been trying to determine what’s next for me in regards to running.
I’ve grown to like and enjoy running, but I have to be honest when I say that I didn’t immediately feel a compulsion to sign up for any and every race possible. Sure, I felt accomplished, but I was also exhausted and relieved to not have the race “hanging over my head.”
For me, I think that running shorter distances might be ideal. I enjoy varying my workouts and I oftentimes felt frustrated that I had to spend a Saturday morning running instead of enjoying a BodyPump or spin class. I have the ability to be committed to something, but I also like to have options and freedom when it comes to working out. If I don’t, exercise becomes a chore, and I definitely don’t want that to be the case!
Chris and I are signed up for a 5K this coming Saturday. I’ve done a handful of runs throughout this past month, and I know I can complete 3.1 miles without (much) struggle. (Side note: No run is easy for me!) I can’t wait to see what it’s like to run a race that is a shorter distance (the half was my first race… ever).
My sister (my half marathon running partner!) has already signed up for the Philly Rock ‘n’ Roll Half in September.
There are several reasons why I haven’t jumped on-board yet. At the top of the list? The fact that training would occur throughout the summer (meaning I’d have to be running at 5:00AM to beat the heat and humidity!), and that it could still be pretty steamy in Philly on September 15. I immediately flashback to Disney Princess and recall that the humidity was a definite issue for me!
I also get hung up on the price of races. Since I’m not a competitive runner, why can’t I just go out and run 13.1 miles – for free! – whenever I want? I get that the race atmosphere adds something, but I can’t say that it’s super important to me.
With all that being said, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still contemplating signing up for the race.
My running days definitely aren’t over, I’m just trying to figure out what’s best for me!
Are you a runner? If so, do you prefer shorter or longer distances? Have you ever participated in a Rock ‘n’ Roll race? Is it worth the money?