Here we are, end of February and I am hearing "2013 is not my year" from several racers.
How can that be decided only 8 weeks into the year?
I think that is giving up. In a short time of 6-8 weeks a runner can transform their running (with proper training, nutrition and rest, of course). Why give up now?
Why give up at all? I was told by several racers that I needed to give up and relish in the accomplishments I achieved in 2011 and not believe I can regain that level and fitness. Why would anyone just give up? Shouldn't we always want to improve ourselves?
I am less than one month from LA Marathon. I am very happy to go back to the one Full experience I enjoyed in 2012. The others? Not so much. I think the other reason I am glad it's happening - it will be the end of super long training runs until December. My next Full won't be until LAM in 2014.
Beginning in April, I have a new & exciting training plan for 5k's and Half's. I am very heavy on my race schedule through June, but will take July and August to focus only on training. If there is a race to run, and if I run it - it will be for training, not a race.
My next focus Half is Fontana Half (June). Not because it is blazing downhill & I should have a fairly good finish time, but I know that running downhill can be mentally and physically exhausting. Done many of them to know how the body reacts to a downhill course. I feel that Fontana will be a great test of my mental and physical strength, and I am looking forward to the challenge.
Every week I feel body and mind stronger. That has to occur, FIRST - before I can begin to regain the speed I lost in 2012. I have found the fueling that works for me (thank you Island Boost!) and going gluten-free has been the best choice I have made in at least a year. Of course, I can't say enough good things about DDPYOGA.com.
As I told a friend of mine..time for me to wake up the sleeping giant. "Nap time" is over as soon as my foot hits the Finish Line at LAM.
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Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
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