Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Now What?

After all is said and done, more is said than done.--Aesop

So I have 23 days left until I embark on a journey of 12 marathons in 12 months. It's been done before. It's been done hundreds of times I'm sure. But this journey belongs to me. I guess this is my midlife crisis. I just feel like I want to do something special. Not necessarily special in the world or in the eyes of others but special enough for me to wake up before, during, and after the races and look in the mirror and say hey, you've done something special. Success and self-worth are completely subjective. I feel that this is a special journey that more than just a bucket list item.

17 weeks ago I personally designed a program to put me in a great position to have 12 good outings. The plan is great. I  had all types of workouts. Tempo, Fatlek, intervals, LSD were all part of the program. As I began to really get into the meat of the program my traveling increased and my work became more demanding. I went from a high of 64 miles in a week to 10 miles. I would go off the schedule, and try to get things back in order but ultimately I had to permanently go off script.

The best part of stopping my program was that I discovered my new work capacity. The month of December I ran 100 miles on 10 runs. I convinced myself that 100 miles per month is the gold standard for a serious runner. Running 10+ miles will clear the mind more than a 3 mile run. So running virtually every run over 10 this month put me in a place psychologically that will create memories for years to come. I randomly ran past a 9/11 monument that after 10 years running the area I finally discovered for the first time.

It actually worked out to have sort of a mental cleansing and less taxing month before I get going. After months on my program and stressing out if I missed a workout, I just ran. The same way I've run for years. Now that January is here and I'm counting days, I feel recharged and prepared for the next 12 months.

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