Not being at the Boston Marathon this year felt strange although it was so exciting to watch the elites and to track the splits of some of my friends and favorite bloggers as they ran the course in the cold, rain and wind today. Marathon Monday will forever be a mixed bag of emotions for me. I think it will always be a day that I need to take a little time for myself whether I am running the marathon or not I will need to take time for myself for reflecting and to be peaceful.
Today I was in Florida and while the weather in Boston was cold, windy and rainy the weather where I am was 90 degrees with incredible humidity. I am just getting back on the road with real running after a long five painful months recovering from trouble with my back. It feels so great to be back. It also seems incredible to me that just two years ago I was able to run the Boston Marathon, 26.2 miles, maintaining an 8:09 pace (3:34 finish). I am not sure what my current marathon pace would be right now. I feel like I have lost a lot of my endurance which is a little frustrating but also has me chomping at the bit to work harder.
I chose to run 6.2 miles today, the distance that is the end of the marathon. It is the last 6.2 miles that will make or break you in a marathon so it felt fitting that I run this distance on marathon Monday. My run today was hot and humid and tough. The longest distance I have put on my legs on the road in 5 months. But, the sweat and tired muscles felt so good and are something that I have been craving.
So far the only race officially on my calendar is the Timberman Ironman 70.3 which will take place in August. I have been holding off on signing up for any other races because I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to run. Now I am ready.
Bring it on!
Now that I can run again I need to build out my race schedule. Which races would you recommend and why (either Triathlon or Running)?
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