Do you find mid-week runs to be a challenge? I do. Especially now that daylight savings time has kicked in. Many of us have to be at work by 8:00 a.m. that means getting up pretty early for your mid-week runs if you’re a morning person.
You’ve got our race coming up on April 6th. I’m signed up for a the Potomac Half Marathon on May 5th so I run a month after you do. I got 9.5 miles in today but I’ll admit, I’m an early morning runner and I’ve been having trouble with my mid-week runs.
If you’re one of those runners who likes to run after work I applaud you. Personally, I have a very difficult time running after work. The day wears me out and at the end of it the tank is empty.
That said, mid-week runs are extremely important especially now that we’re in the final days leading up to the race. There are 19 days until race day as I write this. You want to keep your legs and your cardio in race day condition.
Get Out There
If you’re a morning runner just get up and go. I know, easier said than done. Try making a deal with yourself, this motivates me to get out of bed. I decide if I don’t run in the morning I’m going to run after work.
If you’re an evening runner and you don’t feel like running some evening, decide you’re going to set your alarm for 4:00 a.m. and get the miles in. If you’re not a morning person just the idea of getting out of bed at 4:00 a.m. will have you lacing up your trainers at 10:00 at night if necessary.
One Mid-week Mile is Better than None
If you simply run out of time because work or other responsibility get in the way, go run a mile. A mile is better than no miles and chances are once you’re out there you’ll add a few on. Mid-week runs that are a mile or two are far better than not going out at all.
Race Day is Coming
There are two weekends before your Garden Spot Village Half Marathon or 10K. It will be an exciting Friday and Saturday. It always is. If you are running our Half be sure to sign up for the Bird-in-Hand Half in September to receive the amazing Road Apple Award. About 400 runners earn their Road Apple Award every year.
The SWAG this year is a really cool replica of our hot air balloon and a soft-cotton t-shirt with a design that matches the medal. You’ll also get a head band which seems to be a favorite among runners.
Your Runners Guide is under revision and I hope to provide you with a link to it with next weekend’s blog.
Hope You’re Excited
We hope you’re excited, we are. Everything is coming together for another fantastic weekend. We still have bibs available for both the Half Marathon and the 10K. If you have some runner friends who aren’t signed up we’d love for them to join you. We also do walk-up registrations Friday night and the morning of the race. Walkers are welcome.
See you three weekends from now!