My personal journey as a runner, the highs, the lows, the training and the races, and my thoughts and feelings on all of it and life in general.
Back to training...
Today is a new day. I've got one of my biggest goals for the year behind me having completed my first full marathon, now it's time to move to my next big goal. The next goal on the list is a sub-2 hour half marathon. My first (and so far only) half was 2:05:29, so technically I only need to cut 5 1/2 minutes off that time. Of course, you've probably noticed that I like to be ambitious with my goals, so I'm joining a 1:45 pace group which would cut about 20 minutes off my time and get em well under my 2 hour goal. I think this is reasonable and I started my training today with a 1:45 goal (8:00 pace) in mind. Including this week, I have 5 weeks to prepare, which I believe will be about perfect. I will be running the Wickedly Fast Half Marathon associated with the Oz Marathon in Olathe, KS on 4/16. This was also the race that last year I ran my first 5k at, so it holds a special place in my heart. The course also runs by my mother-in-law's house, which is cool. It starts and ends at Garmin's world headquarters. If you live in the KC area (I'm talking to you, Jollene), this is a good event that I hope you will consider taking part in.
My training this morning was a simple 4 miler @ a 9:40 pace. It was my third run in my new Vibram Five Finger Bikilas. I truly LOVE these!! My form and my muscles are definitely adjusting and I can can feel the difference. They certainly make you more cognisant of your form and your foot strike, I can feel that I am already starting to lighten the pressure on my feet. More than that, you can feel that they are built for speed! They are so light that you feel like a world-class sprinter when you put them on, even if you're slow like me!! If you've considered trying out VFFs, I recommend them for sure, but you'll want to work them in slowly if you are not used to minimalist shoes. The more minimal the shoes you normally wear, the easier the transition will be for you.
How many times have I written a post on this blog about needing change or lacking motivation? I'm here in that place again. I'm back here wondering what to change to get back my love of running. Don't get me wrong; I still love running. But do I love training? I love races. I've gotten to the point that I'm not all that interested in the miles between races. I feel like I've been there and done that. I don't feel like I'm accomplishing anything anymore. A run is a run, and some miles are some miles. But what was the point? Let's say I get home on a Saturday morning/afternoon after a long, tough 20 miler. Great. I covered a lot of miles, which many people really can't do, but why did I do it? I keep setting new race goals and signing up for things, but is that really the point of all this? I put in hundreds of miles between races, and most of them by myself. Is the point just to get ready for the next race?
It's been a couple weeks since the Blackwater Trail Challenge 50k, so I apologize for getting to this report a little later than I normally do. As usual, of course, this won't just be the story of the race itself, but of all the stuff leading immediately up to it. Let me start by saying that this particular 50k was less of a race for me and more of a long training run. I am currently training for my first 50 miler, which will take place 4 weeks to the day after the Blackwater 50k (Spring Equinox 50 Mile). I really have been training since 7/21, when I started training for the Pensacola Marathon in November, which flowed right into training for my first back-2-back marathons in January, which flowed right into training for the 50 mile. So I've done 3 marathons during that time and I wanted to do a 50k as well. So, that said, I wasn't planning to put a lot of focus on time during this race, just having fun and covering the distance. And hopefully learning some things al…
I don't really know that I want to be called a runner anymore. Don't get me wrong, I love running, and I probably always will. But that tag just feels so limiting now. I've pretty much been a runner first and foremost for quite a few years. Running is what I always wanted to do, and I'd choose running over anything else. I don't feel that way now. I still want to run, but I also want to climb, I want to CrossFit, I want to surf, I want to hike, I want to swim, I want to SUP, I want to do it all. I want to try everything and I want to see every place.
I feel like when I say I'm a runner I am limiting the possibilities. How much do you run? How many miles do you run? How many marathons and ultras can you run in a year? These are the questions I get asked, and these are the questions I ask myself when I place myself in the box of being a runner. These are goals I've always pursued, and these are the goals that have consistently left me unfulfilled. These goal…