Sunday, November 06, 2005

Crusin' or a Brusin'

You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run ...

OK, so the song doesn't fit the title, but I like the last line anyway! I ran The Half in Dallas today. It's the 2nd time I've run it, and my 3rd half-marathon overall. It was a good run for me because I broke 2:00 hours and PR'd in 1:56:52! I'm really happy with this, considering that a year ago I had never run anything longer than a 10K, and I didn't really plan on running this until last month.

Also, a couple of weekends ago, I PR'd in a 5K at 24:34, after a long string of high 25:xx and mostly 26:xx runs the last few years. I really haven't been training all that much lately, and I think this is all the residual effect of my one and only marathon this past summer. But I'm happy to take it nonetheless!

So this leads me to my next move, which is ... I don't have one. My options are:

(1) Cruisin' into the end of the year with just some Turkey Trot Jingle Bell fun runs, and otherwise taking December off like I usually do to "rest" and "recharge" (but hopefully not "refuel" too much!)

(2) Brusin' to see if I can break 4:00 in a full marathon. I peeked over at the Austin marathon site, since it's an early February run, it's sort of close to Dallas, and it's one my favorite cities. I went to grad school there and lived there a couple of years after. The course winds through campus, which I think will be cool. But the thought of training for another marathon, and over the winter months outside ... bbrrrrrr!!

So which would you choose?

Cruise on into the new year, or pick up the pace for a brusin'?!


E-Speed said...

Hmmm I think I would go for cruisin. But that is probably because my body is starting to feel the toll of a long season and that is the option I am most likely going to take ;)

Anne said...

Cruise. Definitely. You've earned a little lagtime with that PR this weekend. Just run enough to keep from gaining weight during the holidays.

And great job on a sub-2 hr. half marathon!

robtherunner said...

I am definately into the cruisin mode as well right now. Nice job on the PR!

Susan said...

Great job on the 1/2. You were cruising.

Susan said...

Yes - it is W. St*** Ku . . . He's a GREAT Doctor - tell him that after you call him Dr Evil.

Bex said...

Bruisin'! You need something to keep you running during the long, dark winter months. At least that's how I feel. If I don't run the Mardi Gras Marathon (Feb. 4), I'm running the Austin marathon.

Deene said...

now you've got me humming along with Kenny Rogers. Congrats on the 1/2 PR.

Zeke said...

Congrats on the PR.

Since "I really haven't been training all that much lately" I vote for bruisin'.

Zeke said...

Although, sub-4 is probably too aggressive since you just broke 2 for the half.