A lot goes through my mind the days prior to a race. It doesn’t matter the distance or my level of preparedness. I always mull over the same thoughts:
I have the terrible habit of coming up with running goals immediately after I’ve completed the one I set. Runners aren’t kidding when they say running goals and races are addicting! Post-marathon I started thinking about where I would go from there. Obviously Boston is a must but what else? I have a good 1.5 years before Boston. Going on a year-long hiatus would drive me crazy. I started looking around to see if there were any races that required a time qualifier as well. That’s where I figured out what I wanted to do within the next year.
I’ve mentioned it many times before: I have crippling social anxiety. I never realized just how crippling it was until recently (in the past 3 years). Many times I just thought it was normal to obsess over and avoid situations. However, once those “quirks” started affecting my every day life as an adult, and eventually my children, I knew I needed to work on overcoming some of the quirks. One of the ways I decided to tackle it head on was to join a running group.
Oh, dear! It’s 2 more weeks until go time! Last thursday I got an email from Corrigan Sports letting us know we were 22 days out from marathon day. It’s quite funny, really. Last month I was complaining to my husband that I felt like marathon training was never going to end and how I was reaching the end of my ability to tolerate hours long training runs. Suddenly now I’ve run my last long run for the training cycle! Distance is going down from this day forward and the marathon will be here in 2 short weeks. Now it feels like it’s going by quickly. Crazy how that happens, huh?
But I’m not living on a prayer…yet, any way.
Marathon training is actually past the halfway mark. How crazy is that? I feel like I just started training. I guess that’s what happens when I’ve been so busy trying to tie up loose ends before my daughter begins pre-kindergarten.
Saturday was the 9th annual Baltimore 10 Miler. I had heard/read many great things about this race. It is heavily marketed among the running community here in Charm City so I was interested on what it would be like and excited to experience it.
The weekend I’ve been working towards has finally come and gone. My goal postpartum race was last weekend in Frederick, MD. It’s the first part of a 3-part race challenge I had originally signed up for last year pre-pregnancy. For obvious reasons, I had to defer to this year. It’s safe to say I was beyond excited to get this done.
Late on the recap for this week. Having a cold and a busy Monday wasn’t conducive to getting this post done. Any who, here it is!
Time for the return of training recaps! Last week I started the intermediate half marathon training plan from Hal Higdon. I’m happy to report that it went pretty well.
That time of the year is back again. It’s time to start training for my spring and fall races!