The Newport 10k has always been on my race calendar since joining RVRR because it has been a USATF Team Championship race every year, and because it’s a fun event. That first year for me was 2012 (it may have been a championship race before then).
Last year was the first time I didn’t run. 2016 wasn’t a great year in terms of speed, as it was the start of my issues.
This year I’ll be back out there, although I suspect my time from that year is still a bit out of reach. Things are improving, but after the NYC Half I’ve cut back my long runs because it proved too much for my legs to handle.
I’m working hard to be as fast as I can with weekly speed sessions but there’s a way to go, and with all my training runs below 7 miles I’m not getting a lot of mileage still. My goal will be to enjoy it, but also push as hard as my legs will allow.
If you’ve got some base miles in despite the weather, the distance is perfect, and it gives you a great preview of the Newport Liberty Half which takes place in September. So, if your goal is the half marathon you can’t go wrong with this race to get a feel for what it will be like.
My hope is that my half marathon time will be considerably faster in September than it was in NYC last month. I have my short-term plan to build the strength I need, with my eye on that goal for September.
It’s the perfect time to think about goals, so what are your goals this year?