Miles to go: 1394
So I got hit by this huge tide of inspiration as I reflected on this day when nearly 100% of the people I know that run in Columbia were doing battle with themselves, the elements, the miles, inner demons and the competition. Locally, on Saturday we had a 5K that was won with a blistering 15:26 time. Not one of our runners, but still, that’s lightning! Also this weekend we had a trail run called Rock Bridge Revenge. This sick and twisted little run brought out some of our best, once again with lightning fast times and strong support. Then there was the Triathlon Club National Championships in Vegas. Our local club, CMC, was defending back to back championships against the likes of the L.A. Tri Club and other HUGE clubs around the nation. It took other clubs bringing in sandbaggers (pros) to bring CMC down but we still finished a strong second. It seems the revenge plotting has already started for next year. Maybe I can be a part of it? And then finally, my friends running the Columbus Marathon were awesome.
Awash in all this motivation and ashamed of the fact that I wasn’t a part of any of it, I strapped my shoes on and went for a solace run. As usual, the miles washed away the downer I was feeling and gave me time to think. Since this was an off day (usually), I took it easy and just cruised down a favorite trail.
I have options. I can run trails. I can start multisport training (read: learn to swim). I can jack the mileage back up and run another marathon. I can increase my speed work and set some short race goals (sub 21 5K, sub 45 10K, etc.). I guess I just don’t know what direction to go. I can’t (realistically) do all of it. Mostly due to time and money constraints. So I’m going to have to specialize. I guess I just need to take the rest of the year and decide what to do. It’s fun to be at this point. Especially since my base is already around the half marathon distance I have something to work with. But which way to go…