Workouts haven't been too exciting, mileage hasn't been too impressive, and I've just kind of been coasting through with quite a few unorganized workouts that fall along the lines of "run fast to that light post than recover to the next".
Basically it boils down to this...
NO ONE can stay in their best shape for prolonged periods of time. NO ONE. Myself included.
And believe me, you won't be the exception to this rule no matter how much of a rock star you may think you are.
I wanted nothing more this year than to recreate all that PR magic that 2011 brought, but it didn't happen because I set unrealistic expectations for myself that I've been paying for since April. It's now late September where I was able to do my first 5 mile tempo run for the year last week, 39 weeks in.
Does that mean that I'm not going to ever run a 3:05 marathon or a 1:25 half?
It just means that my time frame was off and a year to make these great fitness leaps wasn't realistic for me.
The right decision to make is sometimes the hardest one to make, and for me it was extremely difficult to step back and analyze where I was heading with my running. Turns out that as much as I thought that I was on the right track, I wasn't because I had a bit of tunnel vision for my goals. Running is just running, and sometimes it can be difficult to wrap my head around that.
So I've shelved most of my goals for now.
Right now my priorities are simple:
- Be as supportive as possible for the man during those 26.2 miles no matter what our clips are
- Rest as much as possible pre race so that the post race recovery goes as smooth as possible
- Don't jump into anything else for the year too quickly, instead just let the body slowly progress to gain back speed and fitness that were lost in the early months of the year
- Take things on a LOGICAL day-to-day basis
- Let go of mileage expectations, quality is much more important than quantity
- Have as much fun as one can possibly have while running through the streets of Chicago next Sunday
Today I put in my last "workout" pre-race
400/800/15 mins @ tempo/800/400
Splits: 1:39, 3:04, 6:32 (15 min tempo average), 3:05, 1:29
Being no where NEAR marathon PR shape right now is a good thing for me going into the Chicago Marathon. No pressure, no expectations, and no chance for me to bend the rules and make some kind of pathetic attempt to bust out some half @$$ race that is going to run me into the ground making all the work I've done in the past few months to gain back my fitness null.
The next 9 days will host lots of rest, hoards of nutrients from whole food sources, ample amounts of water, and happy thoughts about running marathon #7 for fun.
Who else is running the Chicago Marathon next weekend? What are your race day goals?
If you're heading to the marathon expo on Friday 10/5, stop by the Asics booth and say hi. I'll be there all day.