"Rebecca, I don't think you should have high expectations for your March race. I know you always want to run well, but it is important to dial it back a little after a marathon to make sure you recover properly. You can roll right off that fitness, but it increases the risk of injury and isn't worth it long term."
Oh, right. Long term. That's what we're going for here. Thankfully I have someone to remind me that I plan to be running and racing for many years to come. I'm 41 years old and as a competitive master runner (40+) I'm really just getting started. If I'm going to do this right, I need to be patient and have respect for my body which may or may not be up for this 'long term' challenge. So today? Today I have four easy miles on the schedule. Which, believe it or not, after taking a week off, is kind of painful. I would love to do more. I'm eager to reset and get back to work. Let's go, go, go. You can laugh. I did, too. Then I told myself to calm down and chill the f*** out. The good thing is I'm not totally off my rocker and I do have a little perspective. When I woke up this morning it was a beautiful, mild, sunny morning. I made myself a cup of coffee and stepped outside to soak up the vibe of the day. I found myself smiling and feeling a little giddy about heading off to run just for the fun of it. No watch. No agenda. No pressure. A gift to both my legs and my head. Because I need both long term.
Listen to this:
Come Alive - The Jezebels