My A-race is the half. My only goals for the tri and 50K are to finish with a smile. So for the tri this means getting time in on the bike and in the pool. For the 50K this means getting a couple of 20+ mile training runs into the program. I'm not sure how feasible it is to do a training plan for 26.2 miles and expect it to get you to 31 miles, but from what I've read it is doable. I can't say I've participated in a marathon where at the end I would have liked to have run an additional 5 miles, but what the heck? Let's give it a shot! For the half, I'm going to continue to try to incorporate runs which I am more mindful of my pace and to do regular speed work.
I think the most important thing I've learned in my years as a runner is to listen to your body and to be flexible. While training for my first marathon I followed my training plan to a "T." I thought there was some sort of magic in the plan that would get me to cover the distance. The 4 miler had to be Tuesday and I had to run 9 miles on Thursday. No more, no less. No questions asked. Nowadays I know it's okay to shuffle the schedule around to accommodate life and recovery.
I will be reevaluating my goals and plan as I go along the next few months. I am willing to abandon the 50K if I feel the prolonged miles are making my body too weary for a quick half marathon attempt. In all honesty I feel like my plan is under preparing me for a 50K. I've snuck in a build up of the long runs but I don't feel I have the overall mileage I might need. Registration for the 50K isn't too pressing until October so I have some time to definitively decide about that. Ferdinand and I haven't gone out for a ride since the duathlon and I've only been to the pool once so it'll be interesting the next few weeks to say the least as I find my legs and arms again. I kick off the new training cycle with a 6 mile run with intervals tomorrow.