I love how my website calendar always rounds down for a maximum intimidation effect. But the fault is still mine. I’ve been saying “Oh, the marathon isn’t for 6 months or so” for around 2-3 months now. I had such great plans but now I’m freaking out because, as usual, things don’t go according to plan.
I wish I was one of the people who can and will run come hell or high water. My race buddy is like that. Ok, pretty much all my run friends are like that. They are brilliant and dedicated and committed and it’s amazing to witness come race day. I don’t want to spend a lot of time and space delineating how exactly opposite I am, but I will positively note that I never give up! And I will negatively note that I may be one of those people who performs best when staring down a more dire timeline. So maybe I just wish I was more of a runner who didn’t need extreme fear and urgency to train successfully.
I’m not having a pity party for being behind the curve so much as I am assembling a meeting of me, myself, and I to discuss my progress and how timelines and objectives must now be shifted to accommodate my current status. In other words, it’s so on now! I’ve got to create a plan and start following it no matter what.
But in the “no matter what” arena, let me just say that this last week and weekend did not go well. I didn’t run but once during the week and I didn’t run at all this weekend. Long run? What’s that? Both my young kids were sick last week and we ended up in the hospital with the youngest this weekend. It was all very scary and running was the last thing on my mind. The spouse and I have been shell shocked ever since. But all is well now, thankfully, and we can start getting back to normal. And that’s when I saw my lovely little calendar, sucker punching me with the “5 MONTHS LEFT!” notification. Wow, thanks. Thanks for that reminder buddy.
The training calendar goes up today! I’m going to plaster the Runner’s World Challenge training calendar on my wall, as well as the weeks leading up to the Challenge start. Yes, I said I was going to do this before but with exams and such, I don’t know what happened. I sorta did the best I could. Now, I have sufficient fear to get me on board with having a firm plan and no more school to mess with me. I have to make this training season count! 5 months left? This seems unbelievable to me! Where did the time go?!