This week I finally got my running “mojo” back. It’s hard to say I lost it after three great race experiences, but the motivation to put in the training again simply wasn’t there. After a group run at Fleet Feet and some solo nighttime runs, I’m back in the saddle but unsure of where to go.
I first set the goal of running a marathon in high school. 7 years later, I achieved that goal after putting in tons of hard work.
In 2015 I set the goal of running a sub 1:00 10K, and this year I set the goal of a 2:10 13.1. I came within 20 seconds of a 1:00 10K (1:00:20 officially, watch hit 6.2 at 59:17) and had an out of this world half (for me) that I never expected. I set these goals realistically, but when I changed how I was training I threw speed out the window to run injury free.
I’m definitely NOT complaining about meeting these goals, not at all. I’m just saying I don’t know where to go now. I knew I was capable of a marathon, but the thought of the pressure I know I’ll put on myself to PR my next one scares me. After “slow” training paces for months, I had no idea I was capable of my other “fast” races and what’s scary is I don’t know if I can run those times again. After 2 years of work, injury, work, injury, work, I finally saw improvement. Finally. But I’m afraid it’ll be another 2 years before I see any more.
While nervous, I’m excited to keep that train rolling. After the marathon I found it hard to keep running on with the intervals, especially at the 60:30 I did during a majority of my runs. It seemed so daunting and slow. But for some reason it worked. Going back to those intervals for the first time this week made me realize it. I can get perfectly in shape with a majority of easy effort, 60:30 ratio runs and then go out and race my little heart out.
In terms of times, I have none set, yet. I will set some light ones because I believe in concrete goals. However, like I ran my last three races, my main goal is just fun. It took me a long time but I finally truly did realize that fun is what makes the difference at races for me, not stress.
Race wise, the first half of 2017 is largely planned out, with one big race on the horizon (**spoilerMARATHON#2spoiler**)! Coupon codes will be added here for some soon, otherwise keep a look out on my instagram (where I’m trying to post more regularly again…TRYING).
2/4: Little Patuxtent Trail 13.1, Columbia, MD
3/12: Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K, Baltimore, MD (Part of B3 series)
4/8: Sole of the City 10K, Baltimore, MD (Part of B3 series)
4/30: New Jersey Marathon, Oceanside, NJ
7/8: Shipyard Old Port 13.1, Portland, ME