As mentioned before, the second loop of the Dirty German I was on my own. I had my trusty Garmin on counting down the miles left. (Yes, at a certain point I like to think in terms of how many miles are left not how many I already ran). When I was getting near the end though it seemed like the finish line would never come. Then I heard noise in the distance breaking the silence of the trail. It was like the call of the Sirens propelling me forward. It beckoned me. It gave my tired legs a jolt of energy. It brought me out of the trail and across the finish line.
I thought it only fitting that the song playing while crossing the finish line was Brittney Spears Oops I did it again. This seems to be how I get into these races in the first place. I just kind of jump right in and then say to myself, “Oops I did it again” guess I’m running another race.
It was going to be different after the Dirty German I was 100% sure. This was just going to be something to cross off my list. Before the race, I even told my coach that I was going to need a break when it was over. I was sure my body was telling me it was time to slow down and run like a normal person. I’m sure that she’s heard these type of things from other runners, so she was like, “Yes, we can change things up, keep your base so your ready for marathon training, and have some fun.” That may not really have been what I wanted to hear. I wanted to hear, have a great summer, don’t eat to much ice cream, and have fun running like a normal person.
So here we are not even a full two week post Dirty German. I’ve had a few recovery runs and I’m chomping at the bits to get out there again. I miss it. I’ve got a lot of time when not running hours every day. Still not enough time to get everything done, but that’s a different story. Anyway, I told myself I was done. I was toast. I was not running anymore long races. Couldn’t wait to be done with NYCM, so I could officially end my training.
Then like every normal person or should I say every normal runner I Know, I go and sign up for another race. Actually, I signed up for three but it’s one event so I can count it as one sign up. I’m heading back to the Runner’s World Festival in October to do the Hat Trick again. This is the event where you run a 5K rest for about an hour. Then run a 10K and go home. Then come back the next day to run a half marathon. Now signing up for this makes perfect sense to me. Really, I can totally justify it…..
- I previously talked to my coach about it. She, obviously, said the choice was mine and it would really depend how I wanted to run them and what I wanted to get out of NY since it is fairly close to it.
- I love this race as it was my first big event.
- I totally am justifying it by saying this will be good training for NY due to the hills. Really. Makes perfect sense.
- I couldn’t help myself.
Besides, I think I still have self control because I had been thinking of signing up to run a trail event in the beginning of June. I haven’t done that yet, so I don’t think I’ve totally lost it yet. (Must be strong!)
As I said before, when you surround yourself with encouraging people doing amazing things, you can’t but help yourself.
How do you keep yourself in check?