It has been about 8 weeks since U100. Total toenail count is down by 6. The peeling of my feet is about done, and by all other accounts I should be "back to normal"
But as of late, something has not felt quite normal. It has been a tough recovery. I took far too much time off with travel and with work, and now I feel like I am starting from scratch again. It is frustrating.
I missed out on May Madness because of various reasons, and I could have used the miles as well as the support and encouragement from the MTC folks. There is nothing like running miles with friends that brings up your spirit!
I don't have anything big yet on the calendar for this year, and that is probably part of my 'problem'. I am very much goal oriented and if I don't have something to strive for I start to lose focus. I had a clear plan earlier this year with working towards U100, and despite an ITB injury in late December, and low miles going into it, I finished! Low miles and torn up feet are also the reasons it took me so long to recover.
A couple races are on the horizon - I plan to be at The Bethel Hill Midnight Boogie helping out and being a pacer. Hinson Lake/Amy's birthday party will be fun. I plan to run 39 easy miles. I have not signed up yet, but will for either OBX or City of Oaks in November. The goal is to sub 4. Hopefully 3:50 ish.
I have a long term goal. That is BQ at Tobacco Road - March 2013. Turning 40 and qualifying for Boston the same year - oh yeah!! :D My time would have to be 3:40 - well actually 3:35 in order to have a chance of registering a few days early to guarantee a spot. Right now that seems so far off. I have done ultras for so long that I am better qualified for running 50 than to hold 8:12 splits for 26.2 miles.
Yesterday was great. I started out with a 6am yoga class, went out for 6 holy hot miles at Umstead at 3pm, then met up with the NCRC group at 6:30 for another 3.25 warmish miles. It was just what I needed to move on.
Now that I have 'vented' I feel like I can move on to the next thing. With summer here, and hopefully a lighter work schedule, I can start back in with some good miles and cross training. (look out for a lot of daily mile posts!) I have several friends that want to log miles with me this summer and we will sweat through it. I am looking forward to it.
Here is to an awesome summer, building strength, speed, and logging many sweaty miles with my running friends. *cheers*