[I started drafting this post November 24. It took over a week to finish because I thought I would have a race to recap. Spoiler, I don’t.]
Clarity keeps running away from me. Every time I think I have it all figured out, the universe throws another curveball out there. But these are good, keep-me-on-my-toes curveballs that are a reminder to stay flexible and to keep joy in the journey.
What does any of that even mean?
It means I may have been driving myself a little crazy Googling my eyes out debating which BQ-friendly spring marathon to commit to. There are several if-this-then-that scenarios making this more complicated than it needs to be. My brain makes it more complicated than it needs to be! Two weeks ago I completely let go of this idea. Two days ago I had a speedy 11 mile run that gave me a glimmer of hope.
If this, then that.
This chaos is actually really fun. John and I debate, make plans, and brainstorm together on how we can each improve in our athletic endeavors. How cool it is I get to share this with him!
Since my marathon PR three weeks ago here is what I have been up to:
I took a full week off of running, and then went for a social group run eight days after. That run felt surprisingly good and I even had some pep in my legs for two sub eight splits. This led me to consider a half marathon at the end of November, so I cautiously resumed running the following week.
Like all things, I overthought the half marathon and local turkey trots and ended up not doing any of them. No race bib, no finish line, no fretting over which layers to wear…nothing. I had some serious FOMO, and I regretted not making a decision sooner. Next time you see me overthink a registration, be the enabler… if this, then you miss out!
The one thing I accomplished through all this overthinking was that I changed my rear tire to the trainer tire all by myself without even getting mad or crying. This is a big accomplishment. I’m not even embarrassed to admit how much of a debacle this used to be for me. I got on my trainer, connected to Zwift and quickly realized how much bike fitness I have lost in two months. Now I have something fun to focus on again!
The other fun I’ll begin to focus on once I get my bike fitness back on track is the Circular Logic Marathon in April. It’s a one-mile loop twenty six times. BQ qualifier, BQ friendly, and a lot of very determined laps. There will be no overthinking in this one!