I made some big decisions in the first week of this year, among them some about running. For one, I'm not going to run an ultra this year - immediately, I felt a huge burden being removed. Never again will I think I have to go to bed early so I can get up early to drive somewhere to run trails for hours; instead, I wake up and head out my back door for a few miles. No more thoughts about hydration packs or gels, chafing or swelling. I look forward to my runs again, rather than dread them.
And it shows. I'm in terrible shape, but I'm improving quickly, now running closer to 8 minutes per mile than 10.
The difficult adjustment is not jumping into running too hard. It's going to take time to get where I want to be and I find myself trying to hold back. If I can keep doing what I'm doing and avoid racing until I'm ready, if I can stop a workout before it becomes a race, if I can have the patience to let things develop naturally, I think I may have a comeback.
Aid Station: Eugene Curnow
11 hours ago