living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

Relearning ... everything

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When I vowed in December 2017 to “start over” with running, I truly meant it. What I realize now all these months later is that “starting over” is also a relearning process with every aspect there is to running.

I more or less thought I was done with training for and running a marathon, but when I returned to Roanoke last spring for the Star 10K, I had this feeling in the back of my mind that I HAD to return a year later for the Blue Ridge Marathon.

It’s a race that I’ve loved without ever doing, having done the half marathon many times since the first year. And knowing that 2019 was the 10th running of the race nagged at me even more.

But even by signing up for the race, it didn’t feel real to me. Training for a marathon even as recently as early fall last year seems far-fetched. Sure I was consistent with my mileage for nearly a year since “starting over,” but that consistency was relatively low mileage.

In the past few months though, I’ve gotten back to doing several long runs that I swore off many times and take mental notes every time so that April 13 isn’t a disaster.

A sampling of those notes … hydrate during the week better, take water with me, eat something, slow down, look up and enjoy the moment.

I’ve also made sure to run in every weather and time of day possible … snow, rain, wind, sun, temps in the 20s, temps in the 70s, temps with everything in between … sometimes at 6 a.m., sometimes at 2 p.m., sometimes mid-morning.

I’m at the point in my training in which I already have race-day anxiety, something I haven’t felt in years. That’s not a bad thing at all. I’m also at the point where I want to think about what’s ahead and am questioning how I can use these lessons learn to train differently for something else.

But I stop myself from looking at race calendars or looking at what other people are doing. I want to focus and enjoy these next few weeks and embrace everything there is to love about the Blue Ridge Marathon.

I’ve been wanting this moment for more than a decade and it’s oh-so close.

Relearning patience is part of “starting over” and it’s one of the most difficult parts of the process so far …