This Runner's Trials

Race registration regrets

I've raced many times on back-to-back weekends. When I heard the Charlotte Racefest half marathon was happening the weekend after the Clemson half I was training for, I didn't think twice about registering. Two half marathons in 8 days?! What's not to love about that?



You know where this is going…

I've felt pretty horrible on each of my (short, easy) recovery runs this week. I've taken walk breaks on every run, and watched the miles slowly tick by. I've had zero desire to run first thing in the morning like I usually do, so I've been putting off running until later in the day and dragging my reluctant little passenger along with me.


I ran my heart out in my half last weekend. So, maybe I should not be surprised that my legs aren't recovered yet. But I'm not even sure if it's just a matter of not being recovered.

We've had a rough week over here. Constant crying by both baby and mom.



Carrying a 16 lb. screaming baby around all day while trying to calm him is both physically and emotionally draining. Racing for 13.1 miles on Saturday doesn't sound that appealing when all I want to do is sleep.

Clearly, I'm having some race registration regrets. This is a 180 from my pre-race emotions last week, and I didn't expect to feel this way.

I'm definitely going to run on Saturday, though. I'm already registered and I'm not injured, so I see no reason to DNS. And I have a feeling that as soon as I get out on the course, I'll have fun.


I've decided these are my options:

  1. Race as planned. Pro: I may surprise myself and do well. Con: I have no grand delusions of PRing, but I know I'll be disappointed if I try my best and don't finish within a few minutes of last week's time. Stupid perfectionist personality trait.
  2. Race "for fun" and leave my Garmin behind. Pro: One of my favorite race experiences to date was the Disney 1/2 marathon in 2010. It was sleeting so I took it slow to prevent slipping and getting hurt. I finished more than 10 minutes slower than my PR, but I wore a smile the entire race. Proving I don't always have to "race" to have fun. Con: But who am I kidding? Running as hard as I can is fun! Besides, when I don't wear my Garmin, I tend to run way too fast and blow up.
  3. Drop down to the 10k. Pro: I can race for only 6.2 miles. A 10k sounds a bit more manageable right now than a 1/2 marathon. Con: I called the race people and the man I spoke with said you can "request" to drop down from the 1/2 to 10k at packet pick-up, so I'm not really sure if that means it's an option or not. Plus, this is pretty much the last 1/2 marathon around here until Fall, and I can see myself regretting not racing it.

I'm not sure what to do. I'd appreciate your suggestions, as always! :)

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  1. Either drop down and race the 10k or keep with the half and view it as a recovery run or just a fun run. I know it’s hard, but running postpartum as a momma is a completely different game. There is no shame in either option. I view you as a true GBA (Galactically Bad A$$). When I was postpartum with both of my boys, I was not out there kicking it like you are. You’re doing a fabulous job, be sure to listen to your body!!!

  2. Well, I’m sure you know what I’d say :) Leave the watch behind and run it as a long run. Just keep reminding yourself LONG RUN. That’s what I would do. Best of luck no matter what.

  3. I did the same thing for this week. I ran my first 50k last Saturday and have a sprint triathlon tomorrow morning. Apparently, I thought I was superwoman when registering for races this year?

    If it helps, I’ve decided to just have fun and enjoy the day tomorrow. I’m not going to PR. I may as well enjoy my first official triathlon of the season! Good luck to you!

  4. That happened to me last year. I ran a 15K, a half-marathon and then a leg (5.5 miles) of a marathon all in a series of Saturdays. (The half that I did in Charlotte, actually.) I totally understand the feeling. I think you should just ditch the Garmin and run for fun.

  5. You kicked Clemson’s a$$ last weekend! Give your legs (and mind) a break, run this one for fun sans Garmin, relish the hour+ to yourself, and enjoy getting a medal for a long run.

  6. I dropped from a half marathon to the 5 miler at a local race last year and was so glad I did it. If you don’t feel like you’re ready for another half, 13.1 can be a long way. And it might be more fun to try to PR (or come close?) at a new distance since you kicked butt last weekend!

  7. I would do the 10k.

  8. Not to sound too harsh or anything, but think of it as almost 2 hours to run ALONE. Without a crying 16lb watermelon in your arms. Then, enjoy the runner’s high afterwards, some pancakes and some extra snuggling with the bundle!

  9. Wish I was still going to be there to do the 10k, then I’d vote for you to do the 10k with me!

  10. I would probably drop down to the 10k. I had to do the same last year when I was injured as was told I could “request”. All they wanted to do was make sure they had enough bibs for the 10k distance, so it wasn’t a problem. I’d think as long as the 10k isn’t sold out, you’re probably good to go :)

  11. i vote for the 10k option. you still get to race and enjoy the event but you can give your body a break and it sounds like you need one!

  12. That’s a tough one. Like you, I’d know that a pr was not likely and then be super disappointed when it didn’t happen. So I’d vote also to run for fun (no garmin) or drop to the 10k if you really want to race it. I think you’re right, you’ll have fun once you get out there!

  13. I meant to leave a comment on your race recap last weekend and then Mommy brain kicked in…and it took me this long to get my jaw off the floor…you rocked it Momma! I was so overly impressed! One of the things that I have accepted as I have juggled 2 under 2 is that I have to let go of what other people think and do what is best for me…SO, that would be my advice. Try and take anyone else’s thoughts and expectations out of it and do what is best for you and your body and have fun!

  14. I’m going to go with leaving the Garmin at home and run it as a fun run. If you push too hard, you may end up drained, and that’s definitely not good.

    By the way, great job last weekend, if I didn’t say so on your recap!

  15. Just found your blog and will be looking to you for inspiration as I get back into running postpartum (DD is 5 weeks and it was a rough entry into this world). I think if I were in your situation, I’d go for a long run without thinking it was going to be a PB. The fact is, you’re out there and the energy along the course is worth so much. Good luck in whatever you decide!

  16. Do it as a fun recovery run. You could definitely surprise yourself, and your body/mind might be telling you it’s time for a little break. I’ll be running the 10k. I’ll be the giant pregnant lady in hot pink :) Have fun!

  17. That happened to me last fall when I ran 3 halfs in 22 days. By the third I was working expos too…all.I wanted was to.sleep and not run. I of course did and surprised myself by emoting the course and ended up 3 minutes off my PR on a hilly course. I was glad I ran when it was over!

  18. I’d drop down to the 10k. It sounds like your body is not there (from what you said about your recovery runs). A half is a LONG way if things are not going well.

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