I’m not sure if what I’m feeling is just end-of-training-plan exhaustion, but some serious doubts have entered my brain in the last week or two. Do I really love the half marathon as much as I think I do? Or is it just peer or even internal pressure that keeps me signing up and training?
The course preview run for Prairie Fire is tomorrow. Mr. Neon and I have plans to run the whole thing. Last week I put the 13.1 shoe charm back on my necklace. I glance at it every time I pass a mirror. Does it belong there?
After 3.5 years of running, I still prefer racing and even training for 10Ks, 5Ks, and sprint triathlons. There, I said it. I don’t think it’s a lack of effort or laziness that has me leaning towards the shorter distances. Right now I’m simply interested in running faster. Plus, training runs between 3 and 9 miles seem to feel the best. My hip doesn’t hurt. My IT band doesn’t scream at me.
Maybe I need to reevaluate everything. Does putting the half marathon on the back burner make me any less of an endurance athlete? NO, of course not! I’m just temporarily shifting my focus, getting back to basics, and working on my base.
This article by Lauren Fleshman speaks to me. Endurance, strength, and speed…here I come.