Merge 25K Training Report: Will Spears, Merge enthusiast

Merge 25K Training Report: Will Spears, Merge enthusiast

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.

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From Will:
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!

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