Before I right a recap on what went wrong (and right) at Windermere I just want to thank ALL of YOU for your kind words, encouragement and inspiration. To say that I am disappointed about what happened is an understatement. My time was not indicative to my fitness level. I should have run a much faster time, but talking about that is for another post. For now I need to learn to love the run again.
Without going into too much detail, I honestly wish I would have trusted my gut instinct months ago when I was struggling with my training plan. The plan that Matt put in place for me didn’t feel realistic for where my fitness level was. I struggled every single run and it was not fun. What I should have done was switch training plans months ago and go back to what worked for me and that was the philosophy of “Run Less, Run Faster”. Since Sunday, I have decided to not continue working with Matt as my coach. No hard feelings, I just don’t think that his philosophy of training was right for me. This decision didn’t just come about because of what happened at Windermere. It was something I have been thinking about for months now. I think that feelings were mutual on both sides.
I need to figure out why my feet hurt so bad. I get 3-4, sometimes even 6 miles into a run and each foot starts aching and throbbing. I wonder if I am not meant to be a midfoot runner? This week my goal is to do some more research and try to get to the bottom of what is causing the pain. I have tried 4 different pairs of shoes, tons of different socks and nothing seems to help.
So, now what?
I don’t think I have another marathon in me. At least for a couple of years. Maybe, just maybe, the marathon isn’t my distance. My happy place seems to be the half marathon so I am going to focus on that. I am running the Helvetia Half Marathon on June 8th which is one of my favorite races. It was the race where I had my running “ah ha” moment a couple of years ago.
I intend on throwing myself into Farmgirlfit for the summer. I want to go 3-4 days a week and continue to build on my strength.
I do have some races on my schedule that are coming up over the next couple of months. No real goals in mind, but ideally I would like a half marathon PR sometime this year.
To end on a happy note, Nuun is offering a 20% discount
from now until June 7th. (click here)