My running fitness right now is pretty good and honestly, I'm at a great place to launch into a full marathon training cycle. I have a lot of healthy base on my legs and body, I've got my love of running back, and I seem to have "matured" with this sport more. I know more now how my own individual body responds to things, I know my personal niggles and warnings, I know my dietary responses more. It takes a while to get to know your body when you become a runner. I also am not taking myself too seriously now and just running for enjoyment. Oddly enough, I'm clocking some faster times again and feeling stronger than ever. It's too bad we're going to be ending the Fall season soon so there are no reasonable Full Marathons here to aim for any time soon. (I'm not flying to one!)
Running Times published the story of Masters runner Christine Kennedy today. I always enjoy these stories and they give me tremendous inspiration. I try to keep my "running chatter" to myself and a few friends now, so these type of articles are useful to remind me there are other "oldies" out there still :) Most of my friends "do not run". I'm also excited about the upcoming NYC Marathon and have high hopes for Kara, Deena, and Desi!
I have a Half Marathon this weekend and I'm done with all of my runs until race day now. Neck down I'm feeling really good. I have some phlegm/mucus business going on neck up, so hopefully that will be under control by the weekend. I'm not feeling this race is going to break my current Half PR, but I'm hoping to break my last Half time. After this race, I'll have to think about some of my ideas going forward for the Spring. Part of me wants to try breaking my Half PR and focus on that, part of me still wants to try another Full Marathon. I don't know the right answer yet, but I do know that I plan to RUN and LOVE IT :)
On to updating my playlist for race day! One of my current favorite running songs is "I Lived" by One Republic:
Happy running everyone!
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