Getting right back up

After Sunday's wall-hitting run, I've taken the past few days to privately think about that moment and where I've been since last fall. It's been a big wake-up call to focus on the work that remains and that I can't get into a comfort zone of training that's so easy to slip into. It's really hard to explain, but I've had a variety of thoughts this week that at first seem a bit jumbled, but they all fit together somehow.

  • running, Matt FitzgeraldI've dusted of Matt Fitzgerald's "RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel" that I got for Christmas to find things that made sense then, but I never really grasped. I read much of that book at the lowest points of my running seven months ago. Once again, I feel like this book was made for me as it reaffirms so many of my approaches to running in the past couple of years. I need it now to get refocused. I hope by the end of summer to write an appropriate review.
  • I read a good post this week over on Loving the Run about bucket lists, a term I've never really liked until now. I don’t have a bucket list; I’m afraid to make one. Right now it seems my thoughts are getting through the Baltimore Marathon uninjured, but is that the right frame of mind? I don’t really know, but if I’m questioning it, perhaps I should make my own bucket list.
  • I’m getting very close to establishing a specific goal for the Lynchburg Half Marathon that is Aug. 13. The "non-race race" approach has worked in the past, but honestly this is a perfect time to test where I am both physically and mentally at a longer distance on a tough course. I'm not saying it will be a 100 percent all-out race, but I have a feeling it may be close. Blame the book or the wall-hitting or buckets on these thoughts, but I think the same approach as last year puts me back in this same-old same-old routine.
  • Lastly, it's worth mentioning that after Sunday's run, I bounced back in the mid-day heat the next day for a lunch run of 4.1 miles. I treated it mentally as a recovery run with a co-worker; I felt like I complained the whole time, but we turned in a nice run at right about a 9-minute mile pace. I needed that run as much as I think I needed this wake-up call.

Now that I've put all this out there, it's time to move on and make this the best week of training.