Moving Vs. Race Training: Which Takes Priority?


If you've ever moved, you know it carries its fair share of stress. The purging, the packing, the coordinating. The unpacking! Add to that the chaos of purchasing a home, and it's hard to concentrate on anything else. We recently posted on Facebook looking for advice for #MotherRunner Sabrina, who was concerned about her race training during a move:

The AMR Tribe to the rescue! All of you (65 comments!) weighed in and cheered Sabrina along. Here, some useful tips next time life gets in the way of your next race. And scroll down to see if Sabrina ran the race.

"Between juggling a full time job, three kids, packing, moving, and a fun root canal, I wasn't sure I could do the race. I ended up doing the race and glad I did. There is something about race day-the crowds, the volunteers, the sense of completion. You've got this! Walk, jog, crawl, prance, skip, just get it done!! I'll be thinking of you as I'm doing a 10K this weekend."
—Beth Swank

"I just went through this very same thing earlier this spring. Signed up to run a half marathon in May, but we moved AND I got sick within the first two weeks of April. I ended up only running about 5 times in April, but my conditioning and attitude got me through the race. Just lower your time expectations and enjoy the process. There's nothing like race day. You are likely more prepared than you think you are, and you'll be so proud of yourself for finishing the race against all odds."
—Tennille Jenkins Shields

"Go for it! Walk if you can. It'll invigorate her and remind her what she's capable of. If she stays home she'll just be mired in packing, chores, to-do lists. It's a couple of hours where she can do something just for herself. When I'm super stressed out, I tend to stop exercising as well. But when I force myself to even go for a walk, I always feel infinitely better."
—Melanie Dawson

"Do the race and enjoy the scenery. I've never regretted doing a race even when I have to walk and don't feel great but I always regret NOT doing a race. Doing the race will remind you why you loved running in the first place!"
—Christie Millard Tully

"Run for fun! Blast some good music and run off the stress. No worrying over a PR on this one. Enjoy the crowd, after all is said and done you can look at it like a long run day that a bunch of fun strangers ran with you."
—Kim Wilson

"Sabrina, don't bail! You will get your mojo back. For this race have fun, enjoy the sights and count your blessings! Just consider it a training run. In no time you will be back on your regular training. I think we all have these hiccups in our lives and sometimes it's nice to just enjoy the day, you know you will fell excited and invigorated when you cross the finish line! (Decorate your new home in thought on your run.)"
—Dawn Marston Merrill

"Do the race. Walk/run if you have to. Heck, walk the whole thing if you have to! After losing my mother (10/2014), I was only half-trained for several races, just due to logistics, travel, lack of motivation, but I still participated. As for your mojo, it will come back, so take this time to complete a race just for fun, not for time!"
—Shawn Grant Thomas

See all comments here.

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"Thank you ladies! Your encouragement carried me to the finish! I had a beautiful stress free hour to myself. Got to listen to music and and be reminded why I do this and just how good it is for me. Thanks again BAMRS!"
—Sabrina Funk

5 responses to “Moving Vs. Race Training: Which Takes Priority?

  1. Thanks to you all I so appreciate it! I ran the race solo hoping to be running it with friends next year need to get involved with some groups when the dust settles.

  2. Hey Sabrina I was a pacer for that race, Hoka 10K. I love the race. Just the right distance, great crowd support and volunteers. Great race and congrats to you. It’s all about getting out and starting the run, keep moving!

  3. Good for you for running! Running is almost always the answer. This is timely for me, because I realized that we’re moving (fortunately, just in-town) not only seven weeks before my first Ironman, but just the week before my preparatory 70.3. I’m going to go into that 70.3 with zero expectations and treat it as a long training day in a beautiful locale.

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