where i ramble…
i swear this course gets harder each year. the rolling hills are great but wow they can take their toll on your legs…. which is why this race always beats me up pretty good, my quads are mad! but that makes me happy, i know i gave it a good effort.
i was complaining about my feet hurting after the race and when i took off my shoes i found out why – holy blisters! so weird, i haven’t had any for a while. i think it might just be from running hard going up and down hills but who knows?
sometimes i wonder if everything going into a race goes too perfectly or smoothly that the race itself won’t follow suit. my best races have happened after bus mishaps or running late to the start line… just a thought?
a few of the series of thoughts going through my head during the later miles in CIM…
- i am done with “racing” fast marathons.
- i should see how many marathons i can run at a slower/more comfortable pace, then they are more enjoyable and i can just run because i love to run!
- maybe i should just register for napa this year and run it for fun/as a training run for boston.
- i am definitely not racing boston.
- i am definitely racing boston.
- i really want to run an ultra.
- blizzard, blizzard, blizzard (as in dairy queen blizzard which i did finally get post race)
… obviously all these thoughts don’t necessarily come into fruition when the race is actually over and you return to a normal mind set, but i was laughing at myself on sunday remembering all the things i was thinking about.
i am really getting pumped about boston training and have lots of things in my mind about how i want to train for it. i have learned a lot about myself as a runner this year and definitely want to use it to my advantage this cycle. i still want to make sure i think things through in regards to a training plan but i have a good idea of what i am going to do and am starting to put it on paper. 132 days!
fall 2008 and 2009 matched each other perfectly with getting faster and reaching my goals in the same races, and fall 2010 was kind of different. i ran the same races, but i wasn’t reaching the goals like i wanted and didn’t have the exact races i wanted, but i am kind of glad. i have broken the cycle and am ready to start a different one. things don’t need to be exactly the same each year, and PRs don’t need to be on the exact same races each year. i have lots of thoughts for what i want to do in 2011 which i will share later, but i definitely know that i don’t want it to mimic the last couple years. i want 2011 to stand apart from them all.
and speaking of breaking cycles, my PR shirt is no more (i had worn it in both CIM PRs and both shamrock’n half PRs) and i am glad! i get a tad superstitious regarding certain things and am glad i don’t have to deal with a stigma around the shirt anymore. or the blue nail polish (which chris is thrilled about). sounds very silly but i am sure you all get it ;)
i had a massage on monday which was great with lots of stretching and loosening up the sore muscles. i have also definitely treated myself with food i don’t typically eat the last two days: pancakes, mac and cheese (the good kind), dairy queen blizzard, coffee cake, a giant cookie and taco bell. as of today i will be back on the healthy horse, but i always love letting myself eat whatever i want for a day or two post race.
as always THANK YOU for all your amazing support, comments and congratulations. every single comment puts a smile on my face and i am really grateful to have such awesome readers and friends! i love hearing what you guys have to say and it always makes me think and reflect on everything going on. i really truly appreciate it.