December 2016 Running Update

As it usually happens during the semester, I vanished off the radar for the last few months. Even though it’s been all kinds of crazy, I’ve been trying to keep time for myself and my hobbies. It was difficult with getting my tonsils out, but I still managed to run for most of the semester. It’s still something I need to focus on more in the next year, as I still like to prioritize other things in my life over my running (even though running is one of the best things for me physically, emotionally, and mentally).

So how has my running been going?

After getting back on an antidepressant over the summer, I finally had the motivation to run again. I was plugging away at my training and had some pretty high-mileage months for me. However, there was a snafu with my race prep at the Cumberland Marathon that made me drop out at mile 20. I felt totally defeated, and it didn’t help that my tonsillectomy was later that week, so I couldn’t even stage a comeback.

Fast-forward to part way through October. I’m feeling pretty good and still have a fair bit of base built up after my last training cycle. On a whim, I signed up for the Richmond Marathon to be held in November. It was a fun whirlwind of a trip, and I wound up coming in under 6 hours (which was honestly my only goal for that race so I could cross another state off of my list).

Since then, I’ve been a little bit more laid back with my running. I’m still doing long runs, but I know that the Dopey Challenge next week (ahhh, next week!!) is going to be for fun more than anything else. I’m not gunning for any time goals except to finish, and I think that’s a good mindset to have so I don’t overdo it. This is the one opportunity to do this race that I really have and I’ve been saving up for it for years, so I want to make the most of my time out there.

I have a few goals for the new year, but I’ll detail those in a later post. But here’s to an awesome year of running!

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