End of the decade: Refocusing on blogging

I really want to write a post about how I'm ready to make major changes in my blogging, put more things out there, set some new goals and be a better runner,

Those things take time, though. I know from my experiences that a change isn't going to just snap into place. So many other things in life have to come before blog posts, but I'm at least going to TRY to make some changes here.

At the very least, I can commit to posting once a week here through the end of 2019. That's something I believe can happen consistently.

So what else can I do before 2020 gets here? The countdown is on to the end of this decade ...

... and while I'm going to be well shy of a 1,000-mile goal that I quietly set and mentioned only once, I'm still on pace to beat last year's mileage by 300.

My focus now is getting to 850 miles for the year. There's no need to dive into specifics now ... that can be a future post.

Another post I need to take on - running the Blue Ridge Marathon again!

I put this on Twitter ...

... and have barely come back to it anywhere. Sign up using my code and let's run this together. I've got some big goals in mind to discuss before the end of the year.

I also want to get back on the track a couple of times before the end of the year. I had a wonderful thing happening this spring, lost sight of all progress this summer and feel like I wasted away a good opportunity.

That's a theme that I've had this year that I need to erase and enter the 2020s with a revamped mind-frame that was starting to happen.

Lastly, I need to write about "starting over." I've had some major changes with my running since the beginning of last year, which was a true "starting over" point for me.

There are endless things to discuss with my mileage, my always changing mental state and how right now feels like "starting over, phase two."

And with that, I can at least get through November with some content ... and then hopefully things will continue to spark mentally for me.

October things

Sure it’s already November, so the title of this post, which is now a “thing” I’m doing I guess, means that October was probably terrible.

Well … it wasn’t great, but it was MUCH BETTER than September, which ended with a somewhat recurrence of an injury that never seems to go away.

But October was mostly painless, I …

  • switched over to the 8K in a couple of weeks instead of the Richmond Marathon

  • realized I’ve already more than 250 miles year-to-date than I did a race ago

  • complained about the heat

  • thought a lot about the 2020 Blue Ridge Marathon and what I need to do to get ready

  • ate a lot of candy. Too much candy.

So now it’s on to November, which is already more than two days old.

It’s time to …

  • run 100 miles again (Join the challenge from my friend Angie!)

  • enjoy the 8K with an all-out effort to see how terrible I am trying to run fast

  • enjoy cooler weather

  • not eat so much candy.

September things

September started off so well, despite continued above-average temperatures and THEN OMG THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY FOOT AGAIN.

And, yup, that about sums it up.

My right foot, which was injured two years ago and then had something weird, briefly, wrong with it last year, bothered me again this month.

And, just like those two previous times, the pain didn’t come while on a run. This time, it kind of started when I was walking down some steps.

So I pretty much shut things down the second half of the month. I did get back on the bike a few times and reminded myself how important those “other things” are, but I’m not happy about this at all.

Keeping the bigger picture in mind, I’m not going to force myself back to things too quickly and not try to rush the Richmond Marathon or even the half. At this point, I will probably drop down to the 8k for that weekend.

Things are feeling fine with my foot now, although there’s some occasional discomfort from time to time. I feel good enough though to start from scratch in October and let my body dictate what I do.

My main goal right now is to get to November and the end of the year not having any issues and revamp things - mentally and physically - for Blue Ridge Marathon training this winter.

And that’s all I have for now …

Pieces of finding peace

At various points in my 15 years of running, I’ve set some pretty stringent goals. Whether it was a PR in a 5K or breaking 4 hours in a marathon, I had many points of extreme focus.

The results were always extremely rewarding, but in hindsight, I don’t think I ever took the appropriate time to soak in the moments and enjoy what was happening at the time.

The patterns were very much: goal set/broke/missed, take a week or two to not worry about goals, then move on to the next thing. That’s pretty typical for a running, and it’s probably a mind frame that I will always have.

But now it’s different.

Serious injuries not only derailed me physically, but it messed me up mentally. I’ve battled back physically in the past 20 months, but it’s only been until recently that I realized how much my mind was broken.

I was going through the motions of getting back to some amazing milestones. I never, ever imagined I’d finish the Blue Ridge Marathon and even thinking about doing it again (check out HERE on some news about the 2020 race!)

But while going through those motions, I was lacking EMOTION.

This summer, though, I am finding a few feeling with running that I don’t really remember having … PEACE.

It’s difficult to explain, but stringing together runs that don’t make me feel terrible, running at different times of the day, being more observant, running more than I have in a few years, cross training, filtering out a lot of noise on social media … it all adds up.

And now as I look ahead to the Richmond Marathon and beyond, my goals have to focus on this new feeling.

There is no end game with “peace.” I also know that this feeling could change tomorrow so that’s why it’s important for me to embrace this moment.

But right now I feel refocused and refreshed even though I didn’t need it. And that’s a pretty amazing feeling to have in the middle of summer running …