I've stated mapping out my 2018 journey with a bit more detail this evening. So far I've got 3 full Marathons on the board and 1 half. The workouts and nutrition planning are going to be key to this, and going for quality over quantity. My BQ deadline is early September, but really hoping I pull it off in Utah on June 9th.
This morning I participated in the annual Drumstick Dash in Indianapolis. A great cause and this was my first time experiencing this event, and I can tell you I'll be back next year. I used the run as a short 'speed workout'... But the crowd in the first segment was pretty thick, a lot of participants. I had to work for an 8 minute mile. After that I did what I could, at this point I'll simply take the miles for the month.
As expected it's getting cooler out, the wind the other day was downright cutting. I'm going to need to ease into this weather since I spent so much time running on the heat this summer. Getting myself back into the swing of things has been a challenge, more so than I suspected after the mega long cold/flu issue.
On Thanksgiving I'm participating in an annual run in Indianapolis known as 'The Drumstick Dash', the proceeds go to The Wheeler Mission to help feed those in need. It's my first time participating in the run and really looking forward to the experience.
It's been 8 days since I finished the marathon and since my last run. My intention was to run within 3 days, but that didn't happen. The truth is I've been fighting a cold that has ventured into flu territory for about 4 weeks. Even during The Monumental Marathon I had a slight fever and was congested. On Wed evening the fever reached its peak or 102 and slowly started it retrograde from there.
For me not running means I can edge closer to gloom and depression, and I did feel that very thing happening. Luckily, I was able to get in a short and sweet 3 miles today. It wasn't much but felt great and I'll be doing more of this tomorrow. It's an odd feeling knowing the days are growing much shorter with the daylight, so I'm 'thinking' about a gym membership. That being said you can bet I'll be doing as much outdoor running as I possible can.
Today I ran and completed my 4th marathon in a years time. I ran it with a slight case of the flu, but I finished, and very proud of that. Since increasing from half-marathons to full the education has been interesting. Not just in the physical sense, but in the mental and emotional as well. As I told my friend Courtney today, "I go out there looking for answers, and today I found a few."
Today I also realized that I was incredibly strong until mile 19-20, then I sort of fell apart. This means more 20 plus mile long runs in my future, more more ending at 17-ish. But all in all I'm pleased with myself and what I've learned along the way, as well as the wonderful runners I've met. Now I work on the marathon schedule for 2018!
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.