As we inch closer and closer to the big 2-5, I wanted to write you a letter to remind you of just how good I’ve been, but also tell you a little secret (more on that later).
As your elves are well aware, I have been a diligent little lady since the last holiday: I worked like crazy, stood up for what I believed in, moved offices, launched a web site, started a blog, talked to my mom almost everyday, got engaged, added a new member to my family (Lola!) and am trying to be the best fiance I can be. I also stuck to a training plan during one of the busiest times of my life and wouldn’t-ya-know it, it all paid off! I think this may be worthy of the “nice” list. No?
But before you make that check mark in pen, I do have one thing to confess: my marathon maintenance plan efforts have been minimal. Don’t get me wrong, I am still running and exercising at least five days a week, but my lofty goal to keep the mileage up and the muscles strong wasn’t all that I had hope it to be.
After the Chicago marathon, it was the first time in my life that I genuinely felt burnt out. Plain and simple. I knew that I loved running and it was for the best, but I literally couldn’t pull myself to do it. The plan that I made went out the window and for a while there, I felt like a failure because I didn’t keep it up.
But now as Boston training quickly approaches, I realize that it was all for the best. If I would have kept to a strict plan, I know I wouldn’t have the will or determination to make Boston training the best it could be. I would either be injured, bitter or both. I know I will have to work a bit more to get the mileage back to where it should be, but at least this time around I’m going into it well rested and with renewed energy.
So Santa, moment of truth: do you think this qualifies me for a new Macbook Air, or a bike trainer, or a new fancy-shmancy camera?
P.S. Here’s a pic of my co-worker Chloe and I at this weekend’s office holiday party. True fact: redheads are going extinct! REPRESENT!