Welcome to 2016. Ok.. I might be a bit late with this post, but better late then never.
I suspect if you are a trail runner you have already picked out your races for the year. I took a bit of a hiatus from racing last year, only a couple of last minute half marathons showed up on the list. This year things are going to be a bit different. I have already committed to run the Fat Dog 120, well technically I am only running the 70 mile race but the 120 sounds better 😉
Besides the Fat Dog though, my schedule is looking a bit light. I have a half marathon trail run in March ( Dirty Feet), that I have done for the last couple of years. But, traditional thinking would say that I need to add a couple of 50km/mile races to the menu. But so far, I have not.
In the interim, I am planning on running some long training runs each weekend. Which leads to me to my current dilemma. I am surrounded by amazing trails, practically right out my back door as well. I can literally be on 30-50 world class trails within a 30 minutes drive. Expand that to an hour and the possibilities are endless. So, on one hand I have no need of signing up for a race and on the other I might be totally missing out by not racing.
You see, when you race you commit. Not only is the pace generally faster then a training run, but the idea of not finishing is MUCH less appealing. However, the counter argument is that you have to run the race course. Which may or may not be the type of running that you want,enjoy or need for your training. So, in this case would a long training run make more sense?
So, open question(s). How many races do you do in a year? And if it is a long one, do you do any “warm-up” races?