Dear readers, I need your input.
As you know, I am running the Army Ten Miler this October. It is a bucket-list race for me, more so because I’ve DNSed it twice before. It is, without doubt, my target race for the fall.
This past weekend I started my training group, which targets the Baltimore Half Marathon. Due to financial restraints, I decided I wasn’t going to run Baltimore this year. Plus, ATM is WAY flatter and I really kinda love the idea of not having to run hills in the brutal heat of the summer.
But talking with the girls in my group on our run really revived the Baltimore bug. I would love to run the race with the people I am training so hard with rather than just sitting on the sidelines cheering (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The financial cost is too high so I am thinking about joining a fundracing team again, but that’s really kind of moot for this post.
My question to you: Am I taking an unnecessary risk by running a hard, hilly half marathon the weekend after my target 10 miler? I really want to do Baltimore, but I also don’t want to risk season-ending injury. I plan to truly race my annual winter 5 miler in mid-December and hope to stay conditioned enough to run a spring half or two.