How'd I get from there to here?
A month ago, I was primed and ready to race a GBA** marathon at National. I was training in my zones. Had a sweet plan in hand with huge base miles built up. I just KNEW everything was going to fall into place.
And then. January happened. And I sprained my ankle... It definitely was a fankle sprain of the "bad" kind. I took a week off with a plan to jump back into my plan where I left off. Came back for a day. AND took another week off. Came back for a day... another week off... now, at this point, it's becoming obvious to the experienced coaches in my life that I'm not going be jumping back into anything, but Denial, it's not just a river, it's also a State you can map, colonize, be elected Gov'inator....
As we have established, I asked Q if he could send me a plan that would get me to National in race condition. He was very blunt, because that's just how he is, about my request. He didn't say yes and he didn't say no. He said, Here's what I can give you.
And then during a long string of conversations I realized what he was actually saying/asking is, "You won't be in race condition, but you will succeed at completing a marathon. Is that what you want? Is just running a marathon going to make you happy?"
Huh, would seem that Q knows me better than I would have guessed.
No. Running a marathon isn't going to make me happy.
I have made a choice to readjust my goals. My body is worthy of more respect than I have given it in the past. There is no need to run in a less than ideal condition, have a long recovery, or even risk re injury of the fankle as I spend a bunch of time loading miles on it trying to get "half way trained"...
I can simply make new goals.
National is now a day for me to support my friends. I will go to DC with them. I will pace them out for the first 3 miles, and pick them up at the end for the last miles. I will run them in, and it will be MY turn to say, "Remember that time...".
As for my Galactically BadA** goals? Well, I am setting my sights on a GBA** Half Marathon in April.