"Strange days indeed -- most peculiar, mama." -- John Lennon
It's March 13, 2012.
This time last year, I was in full steam ahead training mode for the 2011 Boston Marathon. My long run was up to about 18 miles.
I was also a blogging fool, having composed four posts each in the months of January and February and three up to this date in March.
Back to the present day: my longest run of 2012 is a mere 13.1 miles and I've only blogged three times. This entry serves as my fourth.
What the French, Toast?
Well, for the first time in several years, I am not registered for a spring marathon which feels...very odd. After going around and around this numerous times in my brain, I've decided it's best that I just focus on building a strong base. Sure, I can jump into a 26.2 miler in April or May, but to what end? I already know I can "do it". It's not like I have anything to prove. When I do commit to something, I like to be as prepared as possible, so I know I'll perform at a very high level. That matters to me. I won't half ass a marathon.
I can always do other stuff.
Perhaps, I'll run some shorter races with greater frequency, since I'm not married to a training schedule at the moment. Plus, the spring countdown has been reduced to T minus 7 days, which means more daylight and warmer temperatures. These conditions make running longer and more often much more palatable.
That explains the some of the madness. What's up with the blogging?
Maybe this is just a simple case of cause and effect. Since I'm not really "training", I don't have a lot of running stories to tell or, more importantly, I don't deem them newsworthy enough to share. I have been running 4-6 days a week since the first of the year, but I haven't really had a clear purpose. Some days, I got out there out of habit. Other days, I went for the pure joy of the movement. Even though this isn't strictly a "running blog", the subject does dominate.
Having said that, I've decided it's time to do SOMETHING. I signed up for the Hartford 1/2 Marathon, which takes place on 10/13/12. I'll be revisiting the site of my first and only DNF in a 26.2 mile race. However, I have no fear. Those demons were quieted long ago. Some new and fun friends who live in CT will be running. It will be a first for a couple of them and I'm excited to be a part of this experience. You always get a renewed sense of enthusiasm when you share a race with a newbie.
In addition, I registered for the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in upstate NY. I blame Ted (I can never say no to him). The race is on 10/7/12...which JUST so happens to be six days prior to the Hartford Half. Yeah, yeah, I know. Conventional wisdom would suggest that this is not the "smartest thing" in the world to do, but, sometimes, you've just gotta throw caution to the wind and say "f**k it".
That's exactly what I'm going to do.
Sometimes, you have to go to extremes in order to find your balance.
Sometimes, you have to have a little madness to recapture your sanity.
"Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting." -- John Russell