I figured I'd write what's becoming my weekly weekend blog post before I crack a beer today (never know what will end up on the page, otherwise).
I've slowly been building the running endurance since starting back up. It's humbling, as usual, so I just try to put it into perspective. Every day, as I'm lacing up the shoes, I tell myself, "Be patient, enjoy today's run, and things will fall into place." In the four weeks I took off, I lost a lot of fitness. I don't like flab on me and I hate feeling out of shape. I think in my entire life I've been out of shape (or, more accurately, not somewhat well trained) for maybe eight months total. My body needs training. My mind definitely needs training AND competition.
The challenge of regaining fitness has been a sort of competition in itself- eating better, doing diverse workouts to constantly challenge my body to build fitness, cross training again with some weights and stuff. The flab is about gone and runs feel effortless (of course, they're still slow).
I'll be in CA for a few days, so registered for the Whiskeytown 50k. I've had that race loosely on my to-do list for a few years and the timing worked out - heck, it was only like $55. I'm definitely not in racing shape, having only completed a long run of 15 miles up into Colorado National Monument (with the majority of my daily runs 8-9 miles) but I've raced plenty of times when not in great race shape. I did end up with 61 miles this week made up of variety: tempo, roads, tech trail, group runs, long... As a loose goal, I think sub 4:40 would be nice on that course. Ideally, if fit, a 4:20 would be more in touch. I just don't want to jump off the start line and pop after 15 miles. Anyway, it'll be fun lining up for something again and I have a good record with CA races, so I hope to continue that.
Received the paperwork for the new job offer. It all looks good. Just taking a few days to think it over one last time before signing. Lots of changes going on in my life right now and I want to make solid choices with all of them in mind.