Happy Wednesday Everyone! How are we already to the halfway point of the week? I don’t know, but I like it – recently I’ve been living for the weekends!
I wanted to start off today by saying thank you for all of the amazing comments on yesterday’s post! It really means a lot to know that I am not the only one wrestling with the feelings of home and belonging, so thanks! 🙂
Yesterday my youngest sister had the last home track meet of her high school career. She ran the 800 and the 4×400 – which both she/her team won. I’m so glad that I could be there in person!
For the past 10 years me or one of my sisters has been on the HHS track team – its crazy to think that its been that long since I started high school track and even crazier that our legacy is now coming to an end!
Another crazy thing is that it has been 3 1/2 weeks since the marathon. I haven’t posted much in the way of running/exercise since then and its mostly because not much has been happening on that front. But this week I am officially getting back into serious training so I thought it would be the perfect time to give you all an update on what my running plan looks like going forwards.
As you know I am running the Chicago Marathon this fall, between now and then I plan on running some shorter distance races – mostly 10Ks and up – in preparation to run a BIG PR in October. And I will finally run the half (maybe even 2) that I set out to run in March.
The goal is to run sub-3 at Chicago – and honestly I’m going to be gunning for 2:55. I was right on pace to hit that at Boston even when I wasn’t feeling my best and I know that I could have kept up that pace if my IT band had cooperated.
Depending on the outcome at Chicago, I want to take about a year off from the marathon to focus on getting my 5K time down into the low 16’s (maybe even sub-16) – before giving the marathon one “last” effort in the attempt to make make the mark for the Olympic Trials marathon in February 2016 (1:15 half or 2:43 full).
So there you have it – the next two years(ish) of my life – summarized into three, short, little paragraphs. I’m going to have to put in a lot of work to achieve these goals, but I believe that I’ve made some pretty good changes since Boston that will help me get there!
… I took two weeks of rest/recovery so that I’m refreshed and ready to work hard towards all these goals! (note: I have run a total of 65 miles the past 3 weeks…that’s the equivalent of my shortest training week during marathon training).
… I officially decided to make the switch to 10 day training cycles. (more on this in future posts barring that all goes well)
… I started doing P90X with Henri because I know that strength training can only make me stronger and faster!
… I found a physical therapist to work on form analysis with on a weekly basis and to be proactive about pains/injuries. My first appointment is tomorrow – YAY!
… I started scoping out coaches to work with because I have BIG goals and I know that I need help to reach them!
and last but not least
… I lost a toenail. It gave a valiant effort and hung in there for 3 weeks but as of last night it just gave up.
If you’re a runner do your family members run? Do others know you as the running family?
What is your biggest running goal? Don’t hold back – I want to hear about your DREAMS!
Are there any changes that you know you have to make in order to reach your goals?