As I was just responding to The Mommy’s comment, I realized I needed to blog about it! I mentioned to her that my relationship with running is better than it has ever been and this is so true! I used to flip out before a race, wondering if I had done enough (I always have done enough;) and I worried about hydration, etc. Hydration is indeed something that must be considered. But I would carry my own in a marathon. I haven’t done that in any lengthy races in a good long while, at least a couple of years. Here in South Louisiana, though, there are some races that are extremely humid. I mean, the streets are just wet with dew. I have definitely carried a hand-held hydration thingy. I mean, you’re running fast, sweating, AND it’s humid & warm out???
Anywho, I feel like I am a purist when it comes to running and I love that. Actually, RW had a quiz to find out what one’s running style was, and that’s what I was labeled. It fits. I like it. So, now, when I’m out there, I just do it. It feels good to me. I know I am capable of running almost any distance (I would adore an ultramarathon!). I don’t even have anything on the books right now. Nada. I’m looking and thinking. Hubs wants me to qualify for Boston. Mmmm. Okay. That takes lots of training. I have to shave almost 15 minutes off my personal best. That ain’t easy, folks. I can do it. I know I can do it. But, hubs gets cranky about 3/4 of the way through training. Just makes me say, “Oh, shit.” I mean, I’m committed at this point, right? I can’t just start slacking when the long runs start coming. But that is historically what has happened with each of my 5 marathons. I always end up cutting out at least a couple of long runs and I pay for it with my finishing times. I have always managed a 20 miler or two before hand, but if you have ever looked at training plans, they are serious. So, if I had my way, I would do the Louisiana Trails 50K (counts as an ultra!) just cuz I really love running cross country, which is at the beginning of November. Then, I’d do a full, Boston Qualifying race in January. That would give me enough time to recuperate before Boston. BUT I’m sure Boston would be full by then. So what in the hell am I talking about??? I don’t know. I would rather do the Trans-Rockies Run more than those two races I just mentioned put together!
Time will tell. I am just unpacking & getting my house “organized” (organized chaos)…Hubs was home sick. Video filming fever hit – everything was on hold getting that going. It was over. Hubs relapsed. HARD. Home. Sick. Lots of organic chicken noodle soup and Lysol. Easter vacation. 18 year old son’s birthday. Same kiddo’s graduation coming up. Just a whole lotta glorious life pouring over us. Loving it. For sure.
So, I’m gonna get my act together and hit the road. I’m feeling like I have taken that gift of a long run and stretched it out – I ran over 5 miles yesterday, too, actually a little longer than the raining 5+ I had the day before. Oh, who am I kidding? The way my life is, hubs can pull the plug at any time on a nice long run due to some immediate need…actually, while I was running yesterday and thinking of this gifted long run that I have waiting for me, I considered that very thought. So, my mantra yesterday was “run today because who knows what tommorow may bring!” So true. On so many fronts.