The Calgary Marathon is a mere 25 days away.
That’s 3.5 weeks.
I started running in March and stopped running in March.
I’m pretty sure I’ve logged all of about 6 miles in April. Okay, maybe 9.
So the question is, do I run the half, or do I downgrade to the 10k for Calgary?
This is a question I’ve received from friends and clients as well.
When should you downgrade your race?
As a runner, I wish there were a flow chart I could follow that would tell me when to downgrade.
As a coach, I wish I could get inside the head of my clients to know exactly how they feel about their race, their preparation, and their goals.
I’m thankful Calgary is not a goal race for me. My initial goal was to have a strong comeback race. Unfortunately, I jumped into running a tad too quickly (running two races in two weekends harder than I should have was not a good idea) and have been sidelined for a few weeks.
The good news is I’ve been working extremely hard at strengthening my weak areas, and have signed up for a course to help me further improve my running form, and I’m really hoping for a fall comeback race.
The question is – what do I do about Calgary?
Last fall I had planned on running three marathons in order to qualify for marathon maniacs. I ended up downgrading one race, and not running the other.
The downgrade was due to not feeling mentally prepared. I also was slightly under-trained, but I’m of the mindset it is better to go into a race slightly under-trained than over-trained.
The DNS (Seattle) was because I was injured and I didn’t want to injure myself further. I actually did downgrade to the half, but when my leg was taking longer to recover, I knew the best option was to not run the race.
In both of those instances, I felt immediate relief upon making those decisions.
The best piece of advice I can give to anyone considering a race downgrading a race is to picture it. Picture how you’ll feel running the shorter distance.
Do you feel relief? Do you feel lighter? More relaxed about the race?
If so, then I believe downgrading is the best choice.
Sometimes listening to your gut is the best course of action.
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When it comes to Calgary, I feel none of those things. I want to run the half.
I know for my health and lack of training, I’ll need to run it slower than I wanted, but I also know I’m capable of running it and not making anything worse.
I also have an AMAZING costume that my friend Katie helped me put together and I’d be super bummed if I only wore it for the 10k #runnerproblems
For obvious reasons, I’ve scrapped my previous training plan, and put together a plan that will get me to Calgary in 25 days and Millarville in 45 days. My mom will also be running Millarville, but I’m pretty confident she’s going to kick my under-trained butt 😉
This new plan is all about balancing running fitness while working on my running form. Depending on how well the 45 days to Millarville go, I have a 16-week plan in mind for the fall, but I’m not quite willing to commit to it juuuust yet.
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If you are thinking about downgrading your race distance for Calgary, here are the instructions to downgrade your event.
Have you ever downgraded a race? How did you decide it was best for you?
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As a Calgary Marathon ForeRunner, I have been given an entry to participate in the 2016 race, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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