Hello? Is anyone still there?
Somehow I doubt it, but since I have felt this strange urge to write again lately, I dug through my links and found my way back here.
Honestly, I thought I had retired this space. In the last 6-9 months, I just haven’t felt the the need to put my thoughts down publicly. About anything. There isn’t really a deeper meaning behind this (that I know of), I just haven’t felt like writing. Heck, I even ran a marathon last fall and couldn’t bring myself to write about it. That’s when I *knew* that this little blog of mine didn’t have a space in my life anymore.
But over the last few weeks, I have felt this little voice telling me that I had something to say. I found myself drafting posts in my head and being more interested in reading blogs again. The feeling may not last, but while I am at it, let’s catch up.
- I ran Richmond Marathon in November in 3:33. It was a solid 7-8 minutes slower than what I thought I was capable of. I had mixed feelings – glad I went for it early, but disappointed in myself for giving up in miles 21-24. And simultaneously proud that I emerged from a very dark place and ran miles 25 & 26 as fast as the first few miles. As always, there were solid lessons learned about both racing 26.2 and the training that precedes it.
- I battled plantar faciitis all winter. It started last summer, but I basically ignored it until after Richmond Marathon. I thought time off after the marathon would solve the problem, but I took one, two, then three weeks off with no relief. I finally saw a sports med doctor in December and got a prescription for PT. It was HARD. I left every appointment drenched in sweat and still felt like I wasn’t making progress, but very, very slowly, it started to get better. I still manage it by icing after hard workouts and go to PT every other week or so, but I don’t have pain anymore.
Video shows a clear weakness in my left leg as it collapses on my take-off.
- I ran Shamrock 1/2 Marathon in 1:40. When I registered, I thought this would be a PR attempt, but after the time off + PF issues, that changed. I was able to run all winter (with permission from the Doc & PT), but at much less volume and never two days in a row. I spent the winter struggling and grinding through workouts, but a week before the race, something clicked and I started to feel like “myself” again. My Chicago girls came down for the race and we had a fantastic weekend. Despite super shitty race conditions (rain+wind+cold) and doing my part in drinking 6 bottles of Kim Crawford 2 days before the race, I was very pleased with the outcome. I started conservative, ran a 2+ minute negative split and finished with my 2nd fastest 1/2 ever.
- I am training for my 3rd 1/2 Ironman. After some fun triathlon adventures in 2015, I was ready to tackle longer distances again. I signed up for Chattanooga 70.3 and am less than 3 weeks from race day. How is training going? The first 9-10 weeks on the bike weren’t stellar. The running work was there and thanks to some good swimming buddies, that work was there too. I do have some regrets about the lack of time on the bike in the early weeks. I have done my best to “make-up” the training – 4 rides a week since the 1/2 way point. But can you ever really compensate for the missed workouts? I don’t think you can. Lesson learned. One positive is that I am not burned out like I was in the weeks leading up to B2B in 2012.
Of course it is impossible to summarize everything that happens in 8+ months in a short list, but as it relates to training & racing, these are definitely the highlights. I have a few more posts drafted so I will be around for a little bit before I disappear into the depths of the internet again 😉
Who is still around? What are you training for?