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