As I mentioned before, I'd known for a while that Rochester was going to be my goal for the fall. But now that I have really cut out distractions and races which don't suit my current goal (i.e. Tri's) I'm beyond ready and focused. Timehop reminded me that a year ago today I did my first triathlon. Funny to see how drastic my goals and focus have changed in a year. One day I'll go back to my triathlon goals but for now I am thoroughly enjoying my first love, running.
I feel like I have a strong base and an even stronger drive right now. Does it hurt that I had my fastest half marathon last weekend? Not one bit. Does it hurt that I ran 200+ miles this past month, which is a big deal for me(the typically inconsistent runner)? Not one bit. Both of those things only enhanced the already high motivation to push this summer. Also a good feeling that my legs are holding up really well, they're ready for more miles. Focusing on consistency has been huge for me, the improvements have been seen in little and big ways.
I have big goals for this summer, a lot of which are training specific for Rochester. Which leads to VERY big goals come September 21. It's pretty much the biggest thing I think about right now, it's the first time I am putting this much into my training. It's not that I didn't want it before, it's not that I couldn't before- it's simply that I can, I want to, and I am ready to do this now. I have the right attitude, the right base, and the right support from those around me.
Today is day 1 of official training.
To make sure I started training on the right foot, I officially registered today. The race is smaller and doesn't sell out, but I knew that registering would put that added 'accountability factor' in there. I also put the countdown on my phone, as well as some post-it reminders of goals scattered around. I'm a visual person, constantly seeing and reminding myself of what I want to do is incredibly helpful. That, and the obvious fact that I am a NERD.
Last night I did a long run in the evening, finishing along the river at sunset. I ran quite a few miles along the marathon course and felt nothing but READY for the next 16 weeks. BRING.IT.ON.
"Give me back my hometown'Cause this is my hometown.
All the colors of my youth. The red, the green, the hope, the truth"
Fall Marathon Runners- have you started training yet?
Anyone else feel like registering or having visual reminders of goals to be helpful?