8 weeks today until my travel day for the Dopey Challenge in January at Disney World. It is time to refocus and get pushing again!
It is safe to say that for a good chunk of October I was coasting and a bit burnt out. The darned near 50 miler at the Lemming Loop sandwiched between 2 half marathons left me drained but happy. Since then I have had a rough time when I try to get motivated for each run – basically my brain is telling me “Don’t worry! We’re ready. We’ll do fine” and it has been a hard fight to push past that little voice.
So my wife Heather and I took the kids on a bit of road trip for a couple days – no running at all, just some splashing around in a pool and some walking (well a lot really) while doing some shopping. Just a mental recharge and reset so that I can dig in and push hard for the final approx 50 days of hard training before the taper. I have several 18-20 milers on the schedule and they are going to have to be done in the snow – so getting the mind reset was crucial to making sure those runs happen.
With all that in mind I was very tempted to blow off a run tonight after our kids’ karate and music lessons (separate lessons but karate music lessons sounds like a cool concept) but I did force myself to get going in the end.
Didn’t really do any speed work though as we are still waiting on the parts to fix my main treadmill and our old backup doesn’t really like the pounding when I try to run faster. In the end though it was a respectable 8 miles in 66:07 that felt nice and easy. I’ll take that as a confidence booster as I try to kick my butt back into gear.
Alrighty – good start – let’s keep it moving!