Long time no chat folks. After Chicago I needed a break from running and blogging. Honestly I needed some time to think about what I want to do with my blog for the coming year.
For many of my readers you have watched Chris train for his first attempt at a BQ (and get it), and now you have lived through my first attempt at marathon training (which I did complete). The excitement lives on for us personally, but as far as blogging goes I needed to think about what is next.
The next logical step is to start blogging about training harder, to get faster and to accomplish new goals for 2011. Honestly, I don’t think that is where I want to take my running. My 2 year anniversary of when I first started “officially” running is in a few weeks, and since that time I have thought of nothing else, but training and getting faster. Most runners come from an athletic back ground or at least had some recreational running (2 or 3 miles here or there). I started with ZERO experience and only the desire to challenge myself with something I wasn’t even sure I would like. Running for the enjoyment of running somehow never made its way to my training plans.
So this year I think I will try something different with my blog. I want to share the fun I have with running and not focus on the miles I hit for the week, or the tempo run I did or didn’t do. If something amazing happens on a run, then awesome I will share that with you. If running sucks, then I will share that with you too. All of this doesn’t mean I’m not following a training plan (I actually have had it written for a while), or that I won’t attempt to challenge myself this coming year (I hope to regularly do tempo runs, which I never seem to keep to). However, the fun and excitement for me can be drained when I focus so much on what I haven’t done or hit, and instead I miss reflecting on what made the week a fun running week.
For example, the Saturday after Thanksgiving I had a flare-up with my shin splints that caused me to take 5 days off of running. Unlike past experience, I didn’t go into panic mood because of my lack of running. Instead I saw it as a nice break before marathon training starts at the end of this month, and as long as I was healed in time for my pacing duties at the Jingle Bell 5k I was fine with the break. I may have only logged 7 miles last week, but I had two extremely fun runs. On Thursday night our group run meets up and we had a new runner show up this week that fits right into our cynical banter. It was a great run chatting to the new girl and getting to know her better (even better my legs felt great). On Saturday I was super excited to pace a group of first timers (none of which had run longer than a mile) at the local Jingle Bell 5k. I was dressed in my snowflake crown and knee-high socks, and ready to lead this group of anxious runners through their first 5k race. I was so proud of how far the group made it and how dedicated they were to the cause (they also raised $1100 bucks for charity). So regardless of my low mileage and over coming an injury I had a really great time running this week, and that is what I want to focus on.
If you don’t mind I will be doing away with the weekly recap of my training for everyday of the week and reciting my mileage. Sure I will share as the situation calls for (and no I’m not on a mission to hide anything), but to focus on that week in and week out just isn’t fun (nor tantalizing reading).
Give me a few weeks to get my running mojo back, and I am certain I will have some running shenanigans to share with everyone. Until that time stay tuned I have an amazing marathon on my schedule for March 20, 2011 and training starts on 12/27/10. For those that don’t know where it will be here is a hint…..it will be a colossal good time in one of the most romantic cities in the world, tehehehe.