When I got back from my long run today (9 miles, longest run in over a year!) MountainMan and I were chatting and he said, a bit out of the blue, that I should consider focusing on the half marathon once my foot is back to full strength. His reasoning? “You race really well at that distance.”
Although his words may not be completely true – I’ve only raced the distance twice and both times I’ve been forced to a crawl the last mile or two due. However, I have also learned that I can run a pretty decent 10 miles and finish a half 1) without adequate fuel (oops…turns out a 200 cal breakfast 3 hrs before & no on course fueling is a terrible idea), and 2) without adequate training (13.1 mile trail race over mud and mountains after barely getting over 20 miles/week and a (pancake flat) 11 mile long run? Sure!).
So maybe with decent training (and some practice slurping down gels mid-run) I could actually run a decent half on the roads. At the very least the idea will give me something to dream about on the long, cold runs this winter 🙂