I haven’t been slacking with running despite not writing about it here very much. In fact, I’m off to what I believe to be a much better start than I was last year. This time last year I was battling tendonitis in my right ankle, an injury made worse by an inadvertent kick in the shin during a beach soccer game in mid-August. I was hobbled and had to take a week off after seeing a doctor. A steady diet of pain medication and stretching got my back on track and I was chomping at the bit for the Philadelphia Distance Run.
Fast forward to now. I’m in better shape, although I didn’t do myself any favors last winter by avoiding the gym at seemingly any cost. I’m hovering around actual race pace during my Saturday runs and I figure I’ll be back in marathon shape sooner than I know. I signed up for the Philly Distance Run again this year and aim to improve my 1:42 and change finish. It’s a safe bet that my Garmin Forerunner will come in handy, a toy I didn’t have last year at this point.
I’m hitting the toughest portion of marathon training in stride, and the experience I gained last year has far outweighed the fact that the runs don’t take on quite the same magnificence they did last year, when every weekend was a new personal best. Now I know I can crank out a 6:39 mile at the end of a tough 20 mile run.
How do I stay motivated? I keep pushing myself by focusing on nailing a Boston qualifier this year. I just missed it last year on my first marathon, and if I stay healthy, I see no reason why I shouldn’t qualify handily for one of the most prestigious races in America this year. Wish me luck!