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September's somewhat successes

Another month in what was a very quick year is just about over. After my second son was born last September, my life has been a blur. Work, home, eat, run, very few nights of uninterrupted sleep. 

It's that lack of sleep that makes everything seem so crazy at times. It's also why I'm not all that stressed out about other goals I've set for running. My focus has been on other more important things in life. I have to keep setting running goals so I don't lose complete focus, but I also need to figure out what's realistic. 

A few weeks ago I set what I thought were 3 reasonable goals for the months: cut out sweets (pretty good, except for my son's birthday party), run 90 miles (ugh, not quite) and sign up for J&A races (done with the Wicked 10K and the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler). 

It's the 90-mile goal that I didn't hit that leaves me wanting more; I just need better and more sleep to get to that kind of mileage again. I was getting really close to it earlier this year for a few months, but the second half of summer left a lot to be desired. 

A few missed runs is the difference between mileage in the mid-70s and about 90 miles; it's the difference in taking my confidence to another level; it's the difference in me actually getting back to a state of being happy with running. 

As October approaches, I realize that I need to set realistic goals that I will use as a springboard to November and December.

My focus on overall mileage, such as 90 miles this month and 1,000 miles for the year, is not working. I have no problem moving back to smaller goals, such as increasing my long run and getting back to speedwork once a week, in October. 


Ready for a marathon?

Two years ago, I was nearing the end of a great marathon training cycle. Things were going well during a transition back to Richmond with a new job. Looking at three of the four other marathons I've done, I was always in a pretty good place with about a month and a half to go before the race. 

The races, though, all fell a bit flat. Three years ago I was extremely satisfied with my Baltimore Marathon result, but still left something to be desired as I fell off my goal pace. That said, during the training, things were going very well. 

As I look back at 10 years of running -- my first race was 10 years ago this month -- I've been exploring my highs and lows, figuring out what really drives me and what I enjoy doing the most. 

For nearly two years, I've said I was done with marathons for a while. It was a lot of work to pour into training for one day and fall short. It's like saving money for a new toy only to get to the cash register to realize someone stole all your money. 

Many of the moments I've enjoyed with running (especially when training for a marathon) actually haven't been with racing; it's been with the preparation. The summer of 2010 (which ended with an unfortunate injury) was filled with me documenting my training well and going on a journey on Twitter with others. I captured moments like this ...

... and just enjoyed myself and the moments that came with the mileage. 

In the past two months, I have gone from a very nice high with running that lasted about six months to coming back to a low. I got so indecisive with signing up for races that I simply let the opportunity for doing a half marathon this fall come and go. 

I've said before that I have to hit lows to enjoy the highs. I didn't enjoy my high enough earlier this year to build on that momentum. The fact that I realize and understand all this about myself is important. 

It's not too late to end the year on a high note. I have two J&A Races that I will sign up for and discuss in another post. I can easily set realistic PR-type goals to help set the stage for a very wide open 2015.

And that wide open 2015 has to have a marathon in it. I don't know which one yet or what time of the year, nor do I ask for any help in searching for an event. I don't want any influence yet.

The important thing is that I'm mentally ready to train. I have to be physically ready, too. Then I need my brain and body to work together. I just need a little more time to get there ...