Yes, the back to back long runs were tough; Figuring out a nutrition/hydration strategy was challenging; Getting up at 5am on the weekends to beat the heat took a lot of motivation; But it wasn't until this past weekend when I figured out what the toughest part of training was for me. It was the NOT racing fast part. I signed up for several races just as training runs in preparation for the JFK 50. I love racing. I love the feeling of running so hard that I can't catch my breath, pushing my limits and leaving everything out there on the course. I could not do that in these races because they were training runs. I thought it would be much easier for me to log some miles running next to thousands of my best friends rather than having to do it by myself on the trail. Now that I think about it, it was easier, but also hard at the same time. I had to sit on the sidelines, watching everyone run their hearts out while I just "slogged" along. Although I was sooooo happy for everyone that accomplished all these amazing goals, it kinda made me feel like a slacker. A slacker slogger :-) Now, I know I was not slacking. I am working towards another goal right now, but that was just the feeling I walked away with. I don't like giving anything less than 100% in anything I do.
|I love this shirt and am always tempted to buy it at race expos!|
|At Ragnar - "Does this skirt make my butt look fast?"|
There will be many Personal Bests in 2012. For that I am certain! Not just running-wise, but personally, spiritually, and professionally. They all will blend together I have a feeling :-)