Friday, February 4, 2011

Changing Lanes

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....

So.

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.

7 comments:

fancy nancy said...

Life tends to have its own course...whether or not we understand or accept it is another thing! I think it's great that you have readjusted your goals! You are going to rock the half....your marathon will come!

Jen said...

I know this was hard.... not a good word to express it... but I think your decision is grand! You are such a great friend... and to still be a part of the race is AWESOME and if I may say... still GBA.

Praying for you!

Rene' said...

You and I are on the same page. The only thing that I am sad about is I won't be able to wear my cute Red Sox outfit:( Part of me wants to see if I can switch to the half, thoughts?????

Pam said...

I think you have just made a VERY wise decision. Congratulations on your logical thinking! hahaha I know it was hard to put that first for a change.

Earth Momma Mer said...

You are GBA for making that decision, G. I'm glad you are putting your body first and letting the running come second this time. And in the long "run" you will thank yourself. So hug that fankle and tell it to heal up becuz you need it for April!!!

p.s. happy kitty thoughts to oliver!

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

While I know that was a tough decision to make it is definitely the right one! I know you will be the best supporter and cheerer for your friends and you will ROCK the half!! Hang in there!

Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

Just think of what an amazing Kick A** swimmer you are going to be. Swimming is so amazing for your body. But I am really sorry about the injury. It will heal and in the meantime your mind will become stronger and when you can run it will be amazing. I want to run a marathon with you and TMB...