It’s May, and I have yet to run a race in 2016.
My training has been inconsistent all year because of lingering fatigue from a stressful 2015 and my horrendous seasonal allergies/asthma. At this point, I’m just trying to get runs in. And I’ve got a half marathon in three weeks.
In some way, this year feels like a waste, just like 2015 did. But such is the nature of life and running. I had two great years in 2013 and 2014, setting PRs in the half marathon and marathon. We can’t indefinitely sustain intensity, at least I know I can’t.
Regardless of the challenges, I want 2016 to count for something. So what the hell am I doing this year?
Bayshore Half Marathon
This is one of my favorite races. I set my PR on the course in 2013, when I was incredibly fit and strong. I am not that this year. My goal for the race is to have fun. If I can run about a 1:45, that’s great. Running has been so tough for me since October, I need to get back to the basics of it. I need to enjoy it, to experience something. To let go of what I think I should be achieving and be where I am now.
And if that race doesn’t go well, I’ll have a great community and a camping trip planned.
Summer of biking
I’ll run this summer, but I want to focus on another 100-mile adventure and perhaps a 50- or 60-miler. Biking is so much fun for me, and it gets more fun with each season.
The Crim 10 mile + 3.1
I always run the Crim. I have for the past 5 years and intend to keep going. Flint puts on a great race, and especially needs a beautiful celebration this year.
Marine Corps Marathon
If I ever needed inspiration, damn, I’ve got it. I’ve only heard great things about this race. It’s a brand new adventure during the best time of the year. My hope is that with several months of going easy on myself and a summer of biking and running, I can get back to the form I was in during training for the Hamilton Marathon and the 2014 Chicago Marathon.
More than anything, I want to be that tough, intense marathoner I have been. I feel removed from that person, unfortunately, but it’s tough to be that person when my body isn’t ready.
Throughout my life I’ve had a sense of faith that I can get back to the top when I’ve been struggling. I’ve been down before and got back to form. This year, I’ll be working on that climb again.