Humpty Dumpty sat on a Wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the kings horses and all the kings men couldn’t put Humpty together again.
I admit it, I’ve been feeling a little bit like Humpty for a while. Say, since November 18th. That being said, I have recently been coming to terms with my cracked shell and the realization that it’s up to me to put the pieces together again. They might fit a little different, but that’s the way things go.
I’ve also realized thanks to the reminder of Training Peaks that I am now six weeks into my training. They were also nice enough to point out that the Chicago Marathon is only twelve weeks away. Time flies and I know it will be here before we know it.
I’ve been happy with my training recently. I think it has something to do with the above realization. Anyhow, I am (trying) to not beat myself up anymore and just roll with it.
You know what?
I’ve had some good runs recently. Now my good runs to a front of the packer might make them scratch their head, but I’ve been happy and isn’t that enough? Why yes, yes it is!
Case in point
Last night I went out for 7 miles. I was comfy on the couch after a nice dinner, but forced myself to leave the mindless TV watching to go for my run. It was bordering on becoming dark, so I suited up accordingly. I forgot how nice it is to run at night when the streets are quiet and everyone is inside their house. I went out knowing it would be a slow run. Still trying to balance the walk/run thing and just figured that I would just let things take a natural progression. Another plus is that once it got dark enough, I could NOT see my Garmin for pace.
I ran just to run.
I ran for the miles
I ran just to enjoy the night.
I ran just to see how I would run.
Most of all, I allowed my mind just to focus on the run.
Here are my paces and to be honest, I am actually very happy with them.
Once I hit my groove at mile 3 and after miles 4 I had negative splits. Not bad considering that I wasn’t aiming for them or thinking about pace. I did consistently ask if “I needed to walk” or “If I wanted to walk.” I found that last night I didn’t need to walk as much. I think part of it was that I was having a good day, I was well hydrated, and I am slowly getting back to running mojo. Either way, I will take a good run when I can get one.
Yes, I am sore today and was much sorer last night than I should have been for 7 miles. I’m noticing that it is my feet and my right quad that seem to be paying the price. Going to see if I can squeeze in a massage this week and I really should foam roll more.
I’m also putting the pieces together for Chicago logistically speaking. As soon as I realized that I got into Chicago, I did book a room for the day before the marathon and leaving the day after. I’ve literally gotten into a car and driven home after running the Marine Corps Marathon and thought, “never again.” I also figured that I would just see how things play out. They seem to be playing out nicely:)
One of the other Moms in my Moms Run This Town group is also running Chicago. We’ve started formulating a plan to fly to Chicago on Friday. We can get a room near the airport for Friday night. Then the next day move to the hotel room that I already have booked. (Yes, I tried to see if I could add Friday onto my stay, but it was a no go). Anyway, it is nice to know that we are in this together. Plus she’s a sweetheart and it should be lots of fun!
I do so love it when a plan comes together and it finally seems like things are coming together for Chicago.