If I only did races where I thought a PB was on the cards, I'd do very few races.
And I'd have missed out on a couple of PBs which took me by surprise
Treat them as training runs and concentrate on a pace of say 1 min/mile slower than you're ultimate pace.
Race experience is good should you enter larger races but pacing is the key for when you get back to fitness.
I'm competitive, may not be fast but am competitive
I have done that just used the race as a hard training run knowing i wasn't at my best. Its good training. Probably not if it was a marathon (different beast) but 10ks and the like sure
ive never trained properly for a run yet
For Birmingham half last year between september and October i did 2 x 7 mile runs and a 4 mile run and that was it, i ran it in 1.32 for only my second half marathon and played football the day before, you know your fit enough but it comes down to what your head starts to tell you also when you over think about the training and let doubt creep in. just got to get out there and give it your best on the day you never know what may happen you may break your PB
Trained or not, there is little or no chance of me placing in the race or even my age category. I do races for the fun of it, to spend half a day or so doing something I enjoy. If I bump into some acquaintances from this place then it's also time spent in good company.
So if I've paid the entry fee and there's a medal to be had, I'll turn up and trundle round anyway if I feel I'm fit enough to at least finish without trashing myself.
If I'm injured and it's a no-run then I might help out with marshalling etc if it's fairly close to home and it's a day off from work anyway. If it's a work day (I work shifts) then I'll go back to the office and cancel the day's leave and keep it for another time.
Yes,but I would adjust my targets accordingly.
A friend won entry (thanks RW) for two to an overseas marathon/half and very kindly offered me a place. At the time I was returing from injury and thought with five months training a good half pb was on the cards, so I booked the flight. I got knocked off my bike a few weeks later, picked up a disc injury in my back and didn't run in three months prior to the race.With no runs over 10 miles in 9 months and none at all in three months prior to the race I was never going to get close timewise to where I was 12 months previously so I took the attitude of I can blag a half, run/walk if needed, I've paid for the flights, I'll burn off the post race re-hydration calories in the pub so a few painkillers, trainers on, and enjoy the day. Being on the start line for a race brought back that amazing buzz, I got a PW by a very considerable margin but hey, I ran, had a good time, got a very impressive medal and found that my club vest has shrunk in the wash a bit.
As Monty says, JFDI, there's more to running than a pb every race
I'd run it if undertrained but not run if was injured.
I'd just be conservative with my pacing.
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