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(I will always have my critics)
When I made the decision to run my first Full Marathon, I never desired to give up racing my favorite distances: 5K's and Half Marathon's. Yet, I knew in order to achieve my Full Marathon goals, I would have to give up my speed to ensure I had the endurance to make 26.2 miles.
I have no regrets of getting up at 3am in the morning to run my 20+ long run in the middle of the summer. I have no regrets running the ET Full Marathon in 6+ hours. I would do it all over again.
I need to get my speed legs back. Why? Because I want to. Simple enough. You can't train for a 5K and a Full Marathon at the same time. Well, you CAN - but the results won't be as good as one would want. In addition, I will be running more trail runs.
In addition, I fell in love with trails this past Spring. Last night, I bought my first pair of trail shoes - VivoBarefoot Breatho Trails - (and I even bought toe socks). This was my reward to myself for achieving my training and race goals in 2012.
I have not given up on my long range Full Marathon goals (BQ by the time I am 55 yrs old - I am only 32 minutes away from that goal). I will still run the Surf City Full and LA Full in 2013. Overall, the Full distance isn't my favorite. It's like 10k's to me. Bleh, but I still run them from time to time.
Ironically, I can't wait to try some Ultra's in 2013. Yep - LONGER than a Marathon. Again - I dislike 10k's but I love Half's - go figure.
I love this sport - goals change...and are always individual.
Have your goals changed? How do you adapt to changing goals?
(c) C. Ragsdale 2010-12
Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
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