Friday, August 21, 2015

Defer, Part 2

Well there it is, my "Official" deferral. Still not thrilled to be missing my first marathon. I was mentally over the self doubt months ago and was ready to push for longer runs and better times. But, my body had different plans. Such is life, we pick up and move on. So while I am less than thrilled, this has given me plenty of pause.
The real issue came down to what I wanted out of the race. I know damn well I could have still completed it. But I also know how competitive I am with myself and my goals. I did not want to "just finish". I know that probably offends a ton of people and a marathon is a paramount task. But knowing my nature of what I want, I had goals in my mind. Is there a chance I missed those goals anyways? You bet! But if I had just gone through the motions, I would not have felt the push to do more. I would have kept going with the notion "as long as you finish", which is just not how I run! Was I going out and qualifying for Boston? No. Was I going out and giving it all I had and pushing my body and mind past my comfort zone? Yes. So now I can re-focus on those goals. I know I have some weight to lose that will ultimately help me become a better runner and overall a healthier person, so that's where my energy will be focused.

Running is a huge part of my "me" time and it will always be my go-to exercise. But this also give me the chance to look and see what specific adjustments I need to make, not only with running, but with my diet and cross training. Your body eventually begins to adjust to that one repetitive exercise and giving it a shake up, is needed.

After also just having a birthday, its a nice chance to make some commitments to myself for the coming year. So here's to another year and moving forward.

Jeff

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Dreaded D Word...

DEFER. Not the word I want to use or say, but this is the reality and a good decision. I am just not happy about it.

As the injury to my lower leg did not get any better (and not necessarily any worse) , the fact I might have to defer entered my mind, but I kept putting it off. I figured, if I didn't think about it, I will be able to get there, some way, some how.

As I went to a follow up doctors appointment, I looked at the schedule I had for my training runs and the weeks behind I was with my plan. Reality set in and I took a lot of time to think about it, but came the best solution possible. I am still not happy about it, but I am "okay" with it. I really felt I could do the marathon, I could show up, force my body into not thinking about my leg, walk if I needed to, stop, take breaks, etc. But I also would not be happy about that, that' not who I am. When I look back at past races, the ones where I pushed as hard as I could, kept on pace, kept moving forward, even when not hitting my goal - I was okay, because I gave it my all. I don't think I would be okay with this result. It's one thing to get injured or hurt mid-race and finish and be happy you made it. I think its borderline stupidity to go in hurt and expect to do well, or at least what I have in my head!

Long term, this decision allows me to fully heal (not mostly heal) and then come back stronger. I know I have a lot of things I can work on and get better at, that are not running, but will impact my running. I look at this as an opportunity to get better overall, and then apply that work to my times and distances once I am free of pain and healed properly. So while I can be unhappy about it, it is nice to have a new focus.

The other thing this allows me to do is focus on the other side or racing - being a race director. If you have never had the opportunity to be a race director, it is so rewarding! Sure, its a lot of work! A ton of work even! But I have a team who has helped and moved things forward to make the event amazing! I would encourage you to volunteer to direct a race or help out. The running community is one of the most supportive communities you will ever find!

Enjoy your run!
Jeff

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Crossed 1500!

No, not me! I managed a measly 34 miles in July! And I'm not happy about it! But my team crossed the 1500 mile mark on our 2015 in 2015 journey! 

So if you see any of my team - Jeni or Kathy - give them a high five for carrying the load!


Monday, August 3, 2015

#injured

Well, I've been dealing with "discomfort" for quite some time now... Probably back to mid May. Actually, my 5K PR was while injured. It didn't hurt that bad back then, but it wasn't normal, that's for sure.

Well, it hasn't gotten better. I've managed and dealt and had better weeks after periods of rest, but last week it was to the point of total discomfort. Coincidentally there is a new Rapid Recovery clinic in town and I'll see what they say Friday! But I am accepting the fact I am injured! It's incredibly frustrating to be hurt. I've done this before, but before it was at least as much of the "off season" as could be; this time it's dead center of marathon training! (Ugh!) That part concerns me, but I am not deferring at this point in time!

My mileage for the 2015 in 2015 has also suffered, obviously! Thankfully I have a great team who is still getting their miles in! So big shout out to them! I will update our team mileage soon! But we are easily a couple hundred miles ahead of pace!

Happy Running!
Jeff

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

1386.96... So Far...

Well, we made it to Utah... 1386.96 miles into our journey. My team is rocking this 2015 in 2015 challenge!  Not that I had any doubts we would get there, but now the question is how much father will be go past 2015? Time will tell!

I have personally crossed 500+ miles, but have recently slowed down a bit. My lower leg is really bothering me and its at that point where rest is the best option, unfortunately. That does NOT mean I am happy about it and I do not know where this puts me as far as the Chicago Marathon training. But I will be there at the starting line, it just means I may need to change my goals around the race. We shall see.

The 9/11 Heroes Run is coming together nicely! 9/11/15 in Washington Park, at 630pm! One of only a couple night races for the 9/11 Heroes Run series and one of only a few night races in Springfield! Its going to be awesome! Sign up here.

I am also raising money for Team Travis and Brendan while I run the Chicago Marathon. Please go here to learn more about Team T&B and my race! TMF does so much good work for our veterans and their survivors. It would mean a lot to help this organization out!

I plan on being better about my updates, its been a busy few weeks!

Jeff

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My First Placement Bling!

Well this was NOT expected! I ran in the Springfield Race for the Cure, almost a month ago and knew I placed second in my age group. I did not expect a medal, at all! I got an email yesterday saying I had not picked up my award, but I had to do so by the end of the week! I am a fairly competitive person, so this is something I am really proud of, and its my first age group or any placement really, for that matter! Either way, its good motivation to keep pushing harder. I PR'ed which I was really happy with and had I not received a medal, I still would have been thrilled with my time - remember that whole 23 turns on a 5k course!

Anyways, Life has been busy, but the miles keep coming. I am somewhere around 500 for the year, which is well off pace for my challenge, but my team is rocking it, BIG TIME! So I feel I am doing my part to help us out!

Work is still being done on our local 9/11 Heroes Run and we have some cool, new, exciting changes for this years event. You should run it, what better things do you have to do on a Friday night, on the anniversary of 9/11? Exactly :)

Happy Running!
Jeff

Friday, May 29, 2015

I'm back...

It's been nearly a month since my last post, yikes! I can't say a whole lot has happened since then, but there have been some developments.

I ran my first 5K. Yes I know that sounds really weird since I am training for a marathon currently, but its true. Somehow, with all the races I have entered, I have never actually entered a 5K. Short distances are "troublesome" for me as far as races go. I have ran several 2 mile events and I always go at it like a sprint. Probably not the best way. I had actually been fighting some calf/Achilles tightness for a few days prior to my 5K and figured a good steady pace would be okay. I actually went out and felt great about it. I came in 10th place overall, 7th male, and 2nd in my age group. My time was 22:50. To say I was happy would be an understatement. I feel I actually would have done better if I had known the course a little better, because it has 23, yes 23 turns. But for never running a 5K, I will take that as my first ever. I actually enjoyed the distance. I am right in the middle of my speed building for the marathon, so it worked out nicely to have the 5K thrown in. I can say that even at a 7:20ish pace, I know that is not a sustainable pace for me over a longer distance, but that would be incredible to maintain for say 13.1 miles!

All in all, May has been a good month, slight injury and all. My mileage for the 2015 in 2015 is a bit far behind, but as a team we have been good. Here's to a great start to summer!

Jeff