Training Without a Date…Possible?
I’ve been mulling over what to do for my next race. Unfortunately, none of the 10Ks I recently rounded up are working for my schedule and I want to do something more than a 5K. So, of course my brain leaped to HALF MARATHON. Even though the thought of a half marathon is somewhat terrifying to me.
I’ll be rounding up some half marathon options soon, but meanwhile, the reality is this: I want to sign up for a half but I also want to keep degrees of freedom open on the calendar given that this spring is already getting busy with work + family things, including my book launch this month. So I thought, what about training for a half marathon but not signing up until closer in? (The half I’m currently thinking of is in late May.)
So, do you think it’s possible to train for a half marathon without signing up for one? Would I be able to find the motivation or would it be too easy to slack off without a date locked on the calendar? If I did manage to train up, would it then be an emotional blow to go register for the half closer to the date and find out it was sold out? And if the race was sold out, would it feel like enough of an accomplishment to go run 13.1 on my own without evidence of a bib at the end?
I’m so curious about your thoughts here! Please share!