Boston is now history. I am fully recovered and running strong. My fast pace is easier and my easy pace is faster. I am happy about these. However, my runs have lost part of their meaning. They still distress me, make me feel powerful and strong, and help me put life issues in perspective. However, the runs seem a bit purposeless since I am not training for a marathon. I still run long on Saturday, but the current long is 10-12 miles. I am still meeting with the Sue(s) but now we are talking about Boston in the past tense. I can't wait for July 1st to come and for marathon training to start. I decided that I am going to let my body rest until I start training in July - no speed work, no running all out, unless I do a race. I love the discipline of training, planning for workouts, running at a specified speed, meeting my goals. Some people can just go out there and run a marathon for fun. I can't imagine doing that - I am the nerdy student who needs to be prepared and actually enjoys the process of preparation. I also like to try my best when I race - no running just to finish for me; if there are people in front of me, I am going to try to catch them.
I am searching for some races to do this summer. My town has been putting together a 10K for the past few years, so I am planning on doing that on Memorial Day. I have never ran a 10K on the road (have done a trail 10K last year), so that should be interesting. I am also thinking about a 1/2 marathon in June, but have not made up my mind yet. There are great trail races in New England, and I'd love to do some, but they are so far away and spending 3 hours in a car on a Saturday or Sunday seems like such a waste to me (both time and fuel). My family would also not be very happy if I took off with our only car and left them alone an entire weekend day. I would not be happy doing that either.
So there you have it. Can you tell I am not good with transitions? Thankfully, I am working hard on my biking and swimming and am seeing progress in both, so that's good. However, I am and will always be a runner at heart!
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