Some things have changed:
1. In April of 2007 I ran my first marathon in a time of 4:05. It was a good, respectable time for a recreational runner. I had hoped to break four hours, but at mile 16 I revised my goal and decided I’d be completely satisfied if I lived to see the finish line. At the time there were no thoughts of becoming a repeat marathoner.
2. In only two years I have whacked 58 minutes off that time. If you would have told me back then that I would become a RUNNER, that I would log 75 mpw and running avg. 7:30 miles on long runs, I’d tell you were crazy. Just plain crazy.
3. Running used to be just running. I would say, “OK, I need to run today” It all felt pretty much the same. But now running has nuance. Trail running, hill workouts, track workouts, slow runs, fast runs, flat runs and hard runs all have a distinct character and distinct goals. I think more along the lines of, “Today I want to run trails because I’d like to work on my overall fitness and plus, I have run around the bridges three times this week and if I do it once more I’ll scream.”
4. Running shoes are now part of my monthly budget.
Somethings remain the same:
1. I still fail to follow any kind of concrete training plan (perhaps I should?). I form a loose plan of what I’d like to accomplish in a week and I keep track of my miles. I’ve read Daniel’s Running Formula, Pfitz Program, Higdon’s Plan, and I think they all have great ideas, I just can’t seem to find the fun in sticking to a specific program.
2. I still feel like a newbie! In a town full talented fast runners – Kara Goucher lives in my zipcode, yo! – I feel pretty average and unfit in comparision. But hey, I don’t mind! I eat dinner regularly with a man who ran a 2:39 at Boston and my running club is chock full of very speedy ladies and gentlemen. It’s a source of never ending inspiration.
3. And I still have cravings, fat days, PMS and days where I only want to wear PJs. I somehow thought that being such a serious runner would exempt me from all of that. Oh, how wrong I was. In fact, I think being more in tune with my body has made me more sensitive to my off days and the added mileage can send my body into an uncontrollable tail-spin of sugar cravings. Does anyone have a good remedy for that last one? I could sure use some help on that!
4. I still have trouble with my shoe laces coming untied in races. It seems that no matter how often I race, sometimes I just forget to double knot.