On June 3, two weeks and one day after running my marathon, I put on my running shoes and ran for the first time since crossing that finish line. My hip hurt a lot and I got a little lost. I ran without time or distance or pace in mind. It was disorienting. It was frustrating. It was eye-opening.
I am a runner who needs goals. Things to keep me focused and dedicated. I won’t run otherwise. I know this. So, after much contemplation about what to do next, I have decided.
Sub 2:00 at the Scotiabank Toronto Half-Marathon it is.
My upcoming hike with JK makes a late August triathlon at this point a bit insane. A wedding derailed the 12k trail run I was considering. But my friend JW (hi JW!) just signed up for his first half-marathon and I want to be there when he crosses that line. That made the decision an easy one.
I’ve got a 10k in June and want to add a 10k in July to that schedule, just to keep me focused. Then the hike, then I’ll start a reduced, but intense, training plan for the half. Then the Island Girl Relay. Then the half.
Then who knows.
Oh, I bought new shoes based on a Twitter recommendation. Newtons. I’ll let you know how they go.
The run: 4.6 in 27:06
4 thoughts on “The first run back”
That book looks interesting – will have to check it out. I agree that having goals makes running easier. Sounds like you have good races planned for the remainder of the year.
I really liked it! Each chapter is a different race he runs (with a map!) and it’s part race report, part memoir.
Oh, looks like an interesting book! I just picked up Born to Run with the hopes that it will get me to put my shoes back on and get out there myself. I’m like you with the goals — without a race coming up, I totally fall off in my training. I ran two 13.1s in May and haven’t even done two miles since then. Bother.
Oooh, which 13.1s did you do?
I just read Born to Run — it made me want to be a minimalist runner. Uh oh. I really liked both, but felt a stronger personal connection with Running Ransom Road, probably because of the nature of the story. Let me know what you think of them!