I'm running a virtual HM in March and although I absolutely love the long runs I've struggled with getting all my runs in this month and trying to fit any extra cross training in. I've finally got my 16k run in today but it will be my only run this week due to heading North for a snowmobiling weekend and will likely only get 2 runs in next week due to my on-call schedule. I was on track to actually getting 3 runs last week but took a nasty fall on the ice during my mid-length run so I took the weekend off. I have a very demanding stressful job so I thoroughly enjoy the stress release I get from running but don't want to put anymore stress on myself by forcing myself to fit in runs when my life is just too busy. I know I will reach the HM distance by the end of March but I know I won't run it as well as I could if I had all my runs in and am so glad that I'll be running it on my own. I'm a wee but competitive so in a true race setting, I fear I would overdo it given my undertraining. I've resigned myself that perhaps this distance, at least in the winter months, may be too challenging to do well at this point in my life with the family and work commitments I have. I'm going to do a 10k trail race that is very hilly in the fall and have found a sub 60 10k training schedule I'm hoping to follow loosely that peaks out at 16k so I am very happy to get some distance on my legs so this will be feasible in the Spring/summer. Who knows, if I find I'm better able to get my runs in once the days get longer and our weather improves, maybe I'll be able to do the local 20k trail race next year. As much as I want to reach for the 50k race by the time I'm 50, unless my bosses are going to be understanding and let me forego some call as it approaches, it may not happen 😔. Oh well. One step at a time, 1 year at a time. I've come so far in this last year and have to focus on the gains I have made.