I am supposed to be tapering for Miami Half but I couldn’t stand it anymore! I had to run tonight! So even though I got home late-ish tonight, I jumped directly on my treadmill and cranked out a 4 mile run before I started my school work. And it felt so good to run again.
I wanted to run longer but I figured I should stop at 4, seeing as I just finished the Disney Marathon 10 days ago and have Miami in 4 days. It’s really hard to figure out how to run when you have a marathon and a half within a 2 week span. I suppose most good runners would keep running multiple days in between but I wasn’t starting this year in prime fitness. I’m still completely winging all of this.
But with two major races in a month, I feel like all I’ve been doing is tapering and then racing and then tapering and then racing. I just want to get back to my normal running! I want to start building mileage again! I want to have those 40 mile weeks again! I’m not marathon training, per se, in that I don’t have a marathon in the books. But I really want to keep up my fitness and improve on my running still. And I love how I feel when I log those 30+ mile weeks. Ideally I’d hit 40+ miles a week every week. It just feels so good!
I think I only realize how good it feels once it’s gone. I have been going stir crazy this week (4 cappuccinos a day might have something to do with that). I ran 5 miles on Friday and now 4 miles today. Come Sunday I think I’ll feel like I did at Disney for the marathon – happy that I’m actually RUNNING again after sitting around tapering for so long!
In other goings-on, I’ve been making my weekend Miami plans with my non-running friends. Had to remind them that I can’t exactly hang out the way everyone wants to, since I’ll be up at 3am for a race on Sunday. I’m pretty sure my friends are tired of my race-day restrictions on hanging out, but I suppose they’re also used to it by now. Is it any wonder I can’t convince these friends to start doing races with me? And I’m noticing a trend here too. All my old military buds are the ones who don’t want to run anymore. Is it because of all the times we were forced to run back in the day? (for the record, I never felt forced to run! I loved it! But I’m pretty sure I was the only one) I’m going to ask.
How many of your friends run? What do your non-running friends think about all your training and races?