*Warning* long post and no pictures! But, I did give you some listening enjoyment above! 🙂
Sooo… My week of being upset about the race is over!!! The clouds have lifted and I am feeling GREAT and super optimistic of things to come. I know that I am better than how I ran at Chicago and I am excited to get back out there. I learned from my experience in Chicago and have some things in mind to change for the next race. I know I am tough- I finished the race with blood dripping down my body for Pete’s sake! I can do this.
Today I met with John to discuss my next block of training and I left our meeting with a renewed sense of (healthy) determination. The plan for this week is to run just a half an hour easy every other day for recovery. And, if I don’t feel like it, I don’t have to. (!!) I originally wanted to try to OTQ right away again at California International Marathon in December. We decided for numerous reasons, that it would be too soon. And I get that. I certainly don’t want to try again before I am ready and have it blow up in my face. Here is my race plan:
November 14th- IronGirl 10 mile run– I won with a 1:03:xx last year and hope to be under 1:00:00 this year. I have dipped under one hour for the 10 mile in the AFC half marathon in August and in my time trial in September, so I am looking forward to seeing how well I can do here.
November 25th- Mesa Mi Amigo’s Turkey Trot 10k– apparently the biggest one in AZ! Have not done this one yet, super excited!
December 12th- Tucson 1/2 marathon– came in 2nd last year in the full marathon, so I am excited to hopefully PR for the half marathon on this fast course.
If all feels well and is going smoothly after Tucson then…
January 16th- PF Changs Rock and Roll Marathon– This was my very first marathon in 2008. I ran it in 4:36:xx. This time I am looking to OTQ here. My how things have changed… 🙂 I love that I am running this one because I won’t have the stress of travel. I will be able to sleep in my own bed. I will have support from my friends that live here- I am going to need you guys! And lots of my Bandido friends are running it. Yay!!!
If I am not feeling ready after Tucson, then I will either find a March marathon and run Boston for fun, or wait until Boston. I am going to be honest with how I am feeling and I am going to listen to my coach and his suggestions. I just have to be patient as I want my next full to go really well, and I know it will. 🙂