After traveling and working for nine days straight, I can confidently say that I miss my little NorCal life and am ready to go home. Traveling is one thing, traveling alone is another, and traveling for work is just an entirely different ball game. I’ve worked from (and consumed) more Starbucks in one time period than ever before and will be likely needing a chai tea latte detox (I never thought I’d utter such words). New York, Boston and Chicago, thank you for welcoming me and giving me a small taste of your urban-goodness, and more specifically, thank you Chicago for lighting my fire again.
As you may recall, due to work I will have to forgo my A-race for this fall. I wrote about the possible alternatives for a fall marathon and all of you chimed in with your thoughts on the contenders. I thought long and hard about the decision while also considering the next couple of months in my personal and work life and came to a strangely difficult decision:
I will not be running a marathon this fall.
Why did deciding this pain me so much? It’s not like I was giving up running and the races that I did have planned (e.g. Las Vegas) will simply become a half marathons. But still, something inside of me wondered if I lost my mojo.
But there’s something special about one of the world majors. I’ve never spectated one before but when 50,000 people all share the same energy, focus and excitement to run 26.2 miles, it’s inspiring, or maybe better put, invigorating. With the energy still fresh and in an attempt to not insanely register for something in the heat of the moment, I’ll renew my focus this fall.
Goal: be fast like Katie. She just ran a 3:06 Marathon in Portland!
Next weekend is the Nike Women’s half marathon. I didn’t win the contest (thanks for your votes, though!), but with almost every Bay Area blogger I know running it, I’m going to run for pure pleasure. I know that some mock me and say, “Page, you NEVER run for just pleasure.” HA! I did for Big Sur and I plan on doing it again. Why? Well allow me to explain…
With eight weeks until Vegas, I’m going to up the training again to try and get that sub 1:30 I’ve been gunning for. Apparently they’ve made a new course that is completely on the strip, flat and fast. The fact that it’s at night still makes me incredibly nervous, but that is the game plan for now. I’ll be sure to share the training plan soon.
So there you have it folks, no fall marathon this year. Instead it will be a fun half in October and a race for a new PR in early December. I’m sure there will be a Turkey Trot in there and the addition of some new types of cross training, but I’ve got a new focus and am ready to go for it.
What are your fall goals? Have you ever had to completely renew your focus? How did you do it?
Happy Running and congrats to all of the amazing racers out there this weekend!