There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.
It is hard for me to express sometimes why I run. I think the quote I included today helps in a small way to explain to me what it is. There are few things in life that can help me get a better look at my character, my determination and persistence than running. It gives me a chance to face my limits and see what I have in me.
So… What’s Next?
I took it easy this last week. I have found when you run races, it puts extra stress on your body and you are pretty much forced to take it easy. I didn’t do anything on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, I walked a couple of miles on the treadmill and stretched. That really helped. Friday was my first day trying to run. Even six days after the half, my legs still felt sluggish as I ran almost three miles. This would have been an easy run the week before. Saturday, I ran 5.5 miles as a tip of the hat to my age on my birthday. I posted on Facebook that “Bill Hiatt ran 40 miles on his 40th. Not to be outdone, I ran 5.5.” That was a hard 5.5 miles, when I was done, I hurt more than I did after I ran the half. I think part of the problem was I ran too fast and a little too far. This morning’s run of 3.5 went much better. I slowed down a bit and I felt much better, especially after stretching.
Last Tuesday, I made the commitment to run a marathon by signing up for the Ogden marathon. Others who have run this have said that this is a great marathon for someone doing their first and they really enjoy the course. I must be crazy! I’ll be writing more about this as the weeks go on. I start official training on January (brrrrrr) but I need to keep my base training up and get my core strong again.
I also signed up for a Earn Your Turkey run on Thanksgiving morning. It is a 4 miler. It will be a good short term goal to get me back into training.
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I signed up for my work challenge – Challenge: Maintain, don’t gain this holiday season! I have had mixed results in the past with the annual challenge. I plan on being successful this year. Last blog, I challenged you to do the same.
Big Clyde (I always enjoy his blog!) left me a question in the comments last week that got me thinking. He said:
Thanks to the support you give in the comments. It really helps and encourages me to keep writing and to keep after my goals. If I didn’t post about them, I wouldn’t be near as accountable as I am now.