Let’s see, where were we the last time we talked about my training goals…
Oh, yeah! Right! I was going to run both the Chicago and NYC Marathon this fall after seven weeks of not running. In a nutshell that’s not happening.
For the last three years (though I only ran 2 marathons due to injury) all I’ve focused on is the marathon. When you go from marathon to marathon to marathon there isn’t time for anything else except for marathons! Duh!
Focusing on another shorter distance can in fact improve marathon times and it can make you a better runner.
It’s easy to be blinded by the lure of the marathon.
Even after achieving my BQ dreams I was still narrow-mindedly focused on the marathon. After huffing and puffing my way through August trying to see if I could gain some of my cardiovascular conditioning back and having zero fun, I knew I needed to shift my focus.
I’ve got a ton of fall races on my calendar and I’m excited to run (and by run I mean not race) most all of them.
Goals for fall racing: Have fun, get fast and set some new non-marathon pr’s for a change.
Have you ever been so focused on the marathon that you forget about other distances? What’s your running goal this fall?
* I wrote this on Sunday prior to dropping a book on my toe. I’m 99% sure it is broken. I just can’t get out of my own way!