Wow. It’s been forever (i.e. a week) since my last post. The truth is I’m trying to sort a few things out in my personal life. I really wish I could blog about everything that’s going on in my head. I know my favorite blogs are the ones that are personal. The more honest someone’s blog is, the more I tend to read it.
But I can’t just yet. Instead, I’m writing about it in my journal. And, guess what? More journal time equals less blog time. So my apologies for the delay. And without further ado, something a little fitness related…
Last weekend I went on the shortest trip in the history of trips. On Saturday I flew from San Francisco to Detroit for my cousin’s bridal shower. On Sunday I flew back. I probably spent just as much time sleeping and on an airplane as I did catching up with family. (Don’t worry. It was totally worth it!)
In midst of all my time in flight I was able to get through the majority of two running magazines. I read a few articles that got me thinking about training plans. In one week I will run the Oakland Half Marathon. Way back when (around the new year) I put together a training plan for this race. Have I followed it? Absolutely not.
To my credit, there have been a number of things that have interfered. Travel, sickness, a knee injury and an unanticipated desire for more yoga. So I didn’t follow my training plan. But I didn’t throw it away either. I didn’t even redo it. Instead, I let it serve as a guide. I tackled my training one week at a time, by asking myself questions like:
- How do I feel this week?
- What do I have going on? When can I squeeze in a run?
- Where am I at in my training? What can I realistically expect out of my body?
And then finally…
- How does that fit into what I want to accomplish?
Even though I don’t feel as prepared as I would like to, I still feel like I’ve done my best. I might not reach my original goal of 1:55. But at least I’m running pain free and at, more or less, the same level as I was pre-injury.
So as I sit here and reflect on the last three months I can’t help but ask myself, “What next?” Should I put together a training plan for the next race? What should it look like?
I don’t really know the answer yet. But I can tell you one thing I’ve learned. I’m having fun settling in and getting to know myself as a runner. There, I’ve said it. I am a runner.