The Boston Marathon is merely 28 days away, and I just took 1+ weeks off running. I’ve been sick with a cold, and it’s been frustrating trying to will my body to heal. I know this is crunch time, and I’m unable to put in the training that I need and crave. It’s been especially frustrating because I’ve just been sick so often in the past 6 months. Honestly, I’ve had 3 colds since November, and it’s HOLDING ME BACK!!!
It’s my goal to stay healthy and illness-free from now (or whenever I get back to 100%) to my birthday in June. I’ve literally written it on a piece of paper and taped it to my wall by my light switch so I will see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
I’ve read that recently – one of the best ways to stay focused on your goals is to write them out on a 1-pager and look at the in the morning and at night. Of course, I have a few other goals on there as well, including some running-related ones :)
I’m getting nervous about the race, and it bothers me how others try to comfort me by saying that I’ll do fine. I know they have good intentions, but I’m not merely trying to finish it. This is one of my best chances of the year to get a PR, and if I miss this opportunity, I’ll need to wait at least another year, and there’s no promise I’ll qualify for next year. Every race I run, I want to put in months of good, solid training and on the day of, to truly give it 100%. How else can you be satisfied?
Here’s another thing: I never really understand when others review a race and say something like, “Not bad given that I only trained x weeks.” Sure, it’s not the WORST thing in the world, but I’d say it’s pretty bad if you didn’t give it 100% in both preparation and performance. Nothing in life is guaranteed, and if you miss an opportunity, you never know when you may get another chance.
Anyway, I’m feeling pretty bummed about this whole thing. I’m going to bed to heal my fragile body and hopefully have a sunnier outlook tomorrow. Kisses to everyone!