Setting the bar high
Despite this feeling of starting over, the truth is I ran enough in December that I don't have to begin from scratch. I don't have to have a long run of only 4 miles to kick off my training for the Shamrock Half. And last week, I set the bar high for me for early in the training process -- my long run was 6 miles. So tonight I did what I would normally do for my long run early in training -- I added a mile. So with about 9 weeks to go to that race, I'm at 7 miles for my long run. I'm on pace to hit double digits in early February, rather than the end of the month. It feels great to be at this point. The quicker I can build myself up to 10 miles, the more I can focus on the quality and speed of my runs. And that's something I haven't been able to do in a long time.
I'm not going to get caught up in my goal of a PR just yet, but I feel like I'm well on my way to getting to where I want to be.