Merge staffers and friends from all over are taking part in the Merge 25K race on March 22 and will be sharing their training stories. Register here & visit our race page for a custom training plan from our friends at Bull City Running Co. and yoga from Sage Rountree.
If you would like to share your training story with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was really excited to hear about the Merge 25K, but had some work to do to get ready for it. I run regularly, but not competitively, and not for anything as far as 15.5 miles.
I typically run between 7-10 miles at a time, usually on trails, and think of it primarily as a time to listen to music. So, for the past several weeks, I've been increasing my distance and running around town, on a hill-filled route that starts at my old elementary school, goes past the neighborhood I grew up in, and includes the local community college where I worked on the landscaping crew during summers throughout junior high and high school.
I'm making good progress. I ran 12-mile routes the first few weekends, but have run 16-mile routes the past two weekends. For the remaining couple of months until the event, I'll alternate between 12 and 16 miles, and hope that it gets warm enough that I can quit wearing the toboggan and gloves.
I think I'll be ready for the distance. My primary concern at this point is how I'll react to running in a race with so many people. I'm going to do my best to not get caught up in the competition so I don't use all my energy in the first few miles.
As for music: I've been listening exclusively to Prince, all of it, in no particular order, with a focus on the late 1990s/early 2000s releases that I didn't listen to very much the first time around, like Emancipation, Crystal Ball, Come, New Power Soul, Chaos and Disorder, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, etc. They're all great. I hadn't given those 'later' releases the credit they deserve, so it's been nice to revisit them.
See you all way too early in the morning on March 22!