For those who don’t remember, yesterday I was SUPPOSED to run the Wineglass Marathon and it was SUPPOSED to be my peak race for the year/BQ attempt. I was SUPPOSED to follow Hanson’s training method. Bottom line is, there were a lot of things that were SUPPOSED to happen that just didn’t. Life, work, lots of excuses, and a major motivational funk…I gave up on the idea of running Wineglass just a month into my training and chose instead to spend what free time I had outside of work on shenanigans instead. I tried to get a few runs in here and there, but if I’m being honest I wasn’t in the right mental state and I totally half assed my work-outs and took a few big backwards in terms of my fitness.
That being said, I think I made the right decision to NOT run yesterday (Deferred my entry for the 2015 WGM). Still, it was a weird feeling waking up yesterday, looking at my clock and thinking about the fact that the race I was supposed to be running was going on at that very moment. This was my first time backing out of a race; even if I don’t feel 100% prepared I usually will just say, “F*#@ it!”, change my strategy/goal for the day, and look at it as more racing experience under my belt. So yesterday, I had a couple hours of mourning and silent reflection for the marathon I DIDN’T run.
I’m O.K. with it, I really am….in fact, I think it’s EXACTLY what I needed. It fueled the fire under me again, and I am ready to get back into “beast” training mode. I’ve been running consistently for the last month and building my base mileage back up, last week I ran 35 total miles and this week I’m ready to start pushing my weekly mileage back above 40. I signed up for two half marathons next month to “shake out” my racing legs and regain some of my confidence. (I do a lot of non-peak races just to keep race anxiety in check for the peak ones) I need to decide on a Spring marathon soon so I can start planning out my training. A March race would mean I’d have to start another training plan around the end of this month. I want a race with a fast/flat course somewhere on the East Coast in March or April. I’m looking and asking around, and hopefully will make a decision in the next week or two.
Even though I didn’t run a marathon last week *tears*, I did get some solid training runs in and I’m slowly, but surely, making a comeback! Here’s my weekly run-down:
- Monday-Run 7.1 (C&O Canal)
- Wednesday- Run 11.7 (BWI Loop)+Strength Training
- Thursday- Run 4.2
- Friday-Run 7 (Speed work)
- Saturday- Run 5 + Strength training
Weekly Total Miles: 35 Miles
Total 2014 Miles: 1,059.55
Have you ever backed out of a race before? Did you “mourn” the race you didn’t run? Did it give you motivation to try harder for your next race? Does anyone have suggestions for good Spring Marathons on the East Coast?
Have a great week!!