Note: a while back I decided the plural of Half in a running context should be 'Halfs'. We can argue if you want but you'll have to buy me a drink first.
I did not close out 2013 in a speedy place, in fact I had a personal worst then a 1-min-off personal worst for my last 2 Halfs. Coming into 2014 I had ANOTHER personal worst Half. Back in 2012 when I ran my first Half (Calgary) then followed it up with 2 PR's (Edmonton, Detroit) I didn't even have a training plan!
I think a lot of bad running performance comes from my overwrought brain. I see my marathon training schedule and I feel tired. I know I have to run 32k and I feel overwhelmed.
I ran too many races toward the end of last year so this year I am focusing on 2 or 3 big ones. Getting a series of personal worsts at any distance makes me feel like crap, I would rather spend more time training and less racing.
I know I want to be running for a long time to come and therefore it has to be fun. It is also an activity I share with my long suffering husband which is a pretty awesome thing. Finishing a marathon, getting PR's, knowing I trained hard and did my best, seeing Kev PR (he does this a lot), leaving it all out there, runner friends, big races, small races - I enjoy those things. I f'ing LOVE those things. Plus, I'm fit, I've lost weight (and gained and lost, and right now, gained yikes), I have less periods of being down and more of being deliriously happy.
|Races from Calgary 2012 to Kaua'i 2013, do you love my headphones in the first pic?|
With this in mind, after the first big marathon goal of the year we plan to spend the entire summer doing something we both love - trail running in the Rockies. No pace goals.
We're bringing fun back!
|Rawson Lake June 2013|