Yesterday, I completed my first in-person race since 2019. I realize that there have been races here and there since then, but I didn’t feel comfortable racing in-person until I was fully vaccinated. I was also freaking sick of virtual racing (does anyone else feel this way?).
So, I chose the Run Y-town 5-miler as my welcome back to racing in-person. This event is always organized, and the weather is almost always wonderful. Even with the course changes due to a sinkhole on the original course, it was a really fun day.
Here’s the best part: I didn’t run. I ran about two tenths of a mile total throughout the five mile course. And you know what?
According to a recent article published by Runners World, The New York City Marathon blows through 2.3 million cups during race day. Read that again: 2.3 MILLION cups — on race day alone!
Don’t worry — race organizers don’t plan to eliminate water on courses or anything crazy like that. Now more than ever, though, race organizers are finding ways to reduce the waste and carbon produced during road racing events. We see more and more races using sustainable options: Runners World confirmed that the London Marathon, for example, plans to replace water bottles and cups with biodegradable seaweed pods that can be eaten or tossed — an initiative that begins in the 2020 race.
P3R is well ahead of the game, too, with its brand new sustainable race: the Heineken 0.0 5k.
Welcome to #AskCoachCourtney! Each week or two, I take questions from my loyal readers and followers. I had a few submissions this week, and this one stood out to me because it’s often debated: Is a 20 mile run a standard necessity during marathon training?
The short answer: No.
There are a lot of coaches who would disagree with me (Hal Higdon included), but based on what we know about the science of running and high impact exercise, whether you run 20 miles during marathon training or not is individual and varies depending on your easy run pace, goals, and more.
First, let’s talk about how I’ve now PR’d in the last two races (10k and 13.1) during one of the toughest, most chaotic years of my life. Wait; do not. Let’s save that for my 2018 end-of-year recap.
Instead, let’s discuss my most recent race: The Grin & Bear It half marathon, 10k, and 5k. Local company Miles of Smiles created, directed, and time the race. Goal: sub 2:15. Finish: 2:11:52. Crushed it!
But this was far from the easiest of races. Turns out that a flat course isn’t all that matters…
I’m not really into The Avett Brothers. I like one song, and that song happens to be Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full of Promise. I could truly care not so much about any other songs by the Avett Brothers #sorrynotsorry.
The reason I love this one tune so much is because of one statement: “Decide what to be and go be it.” A very simple, but powerful, one liner. It speaks volumes to me, especially since I posted about how I’m finally on track with that I truly love, who I am surrounding that, and what I want to do with it.