When this post goes live, I’ll be starting the Stillwater Half. I ran this race back in 2015 and finished in 2:32:26. The last half I ran, the Lake Minnetonka Half in May 2017, I ran a PR of 2:10:51. So what’s my plan for this race?
The plan is to have fun, plain and simple. I was thinking about attempting a PR (or running close to my current half PR) but that just isn’t exciting me as much. It doesn’t help that the high on Saturday is 94 and sunny. It is not going to be PR weather and I need a break from racing. Which is also why this is the last race on my calendar for 2018.
Since 2015, I’ve been training to run faster or further. And it’s been a fun journey but now I’m ready to run just to have fun. I’ll be talking a little bit more about how I’m transitioning into non-race training in the upcoming week but let’s focus on the Stillwater Half for now.
I’m planning to run at a comfortable pace (whatever that will be given the weather) and enjoy myself. The race starts out in the woods on the Gateway Trail and I’m going to take in the scenery and enjoy being out in the woods. I’ll have my music on but not as loud as I usually do so I can take in the sounds around me. I’m going to enjoy the feeling of running to run again, not running to PR.
Have you run a race for fun? I’d love to hear your experience in the comments!