A sure sign that the sickness has taken me…

Distance: 4 mi

Time: Traknight

What a transformation…  From going to the first traknight workout kicking and screaming (on the inside) because I didn’t want to do it… to this.  Feeling melancholy that it will be over soon.

Sadly, we will only be able to do track workouts for another month or so and then we will take a break until it warms up again.  Our last 3 workouts will be at a different track that has better lighting, since the time changes next week and it will be dark when we get there.  The group, although still spirited, has dwindled as people have either completed their goal races, left to do them, or lost interest.

Although I may not be a “track” athlete, I do plan to continue running with the track people as long as I can.  It’s a great workout, gives you the opportunity to focus on something besides mileage and the people are fun.  Since I sense the time is rapidly approaching for me to return to the treadmill and weights, I am going to ask the organizer if he has any recommendations or tips for increasing speed or improving technique.  I think this is what I will work on in the off season.

People are already talking about spring marathons.  Although my heart is definitely in it, I am afraid that finances and scheduling will be a challenge.  It’s not that I can’t afford (ok… only just…) the race fees, it’s more the travel, lodging, food, etc. that goes along with it that really hits me in the pocketbook.  So I think that I will stick with local, shorter races for now and perhaps tackle a LATE fall marathon next year.  That will also give me another year to (hopefully) lose more weight.  I really don’t want to run another marathon until I am under 170.  That means I need to lose 15-20 pounds.  I can do it, but it will just be slow.  I lost 54 pounds in 13 months, but I suspect that it will take me at least that long to lose this last 15 pounds if I do it right.  It also gives everybody else in the family more time to work on their fitness goals since I am not hogging all the running time…!

Actually LIKING track workouts and dreaming of my NEXT marathon.  Somebody call my therapist…

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