Time Sure As Hell Did Tell.

As September draws to a close, I have to look back upon a year that wasn’t the best for me running wise. Going into Boston training, I was already plagued with an injury of sorts, which, while attempting to fix, may have in fact caused the stress reaction in my left leg. All this with the added stress of life in general this year could have in fact ended it all for me running wise. There were days where I questioned my ability to continue this hobby of mine and considered what else I could possibly take on that would give me even close to as much joy as running does. While the stress reaction healed and I was hobbling around in the boot for a month, I actually had grown accustomed to not running, and somewhere deep inside had accepted the idea that there was a slight chance I would never run again. Oddly, I was okay with that.

July was hard. Running wasn’t easy, and I still wasn’t convinced that I’d make a full comeback. I know they say “time will tell” but when “time” isn’t on your side, you don’t want to listen to it. I had regretted at this point signing up for Twin Cities Marathon because I truly believed I’d be disappointed with how I would possibly be able to BQ it, or even run it at all.

Around came August, and after a few minor adjustments, my running was suddenly looking better and better. I was getting stronger, the secondary injury completely became a moot point. An impending half marathon at the end of the month encouraged me to continue the marathon training. I took it into my own hands, deciding, I am a running coach after all. I know what I’m doing. And I have learned so much about myself while recovering from these injuries. I can handle this myself.

I have to say, that of all the races I have ever prepared for, I feel the best prepared for this one. September has been amazing. I have already pumped out over 200 miles. I have been able to run everyday. Even after my 16 and my 20 mile runs, I’ve had no residual pain, soreness, or stiffness. And, they were run at faster than marathon hopeful pace. All of which has given me confidence that I won’t have to ditch my running anytime soon. And, as a runner, it is the best news ever.

Many more questions will be answered next Sunday as I tackle this marathon. I will put everything I have learned in my 4 years of running to the test this weekend. And, for the first time ever, I’m looking forward to the challenge! I can’t wait to see what I can do and if the way I handled the injury recovery and the rather unconventional training program will lead to a PR.

I’m booked with a race every weekend in October, and in early November I’ll have a minor outpatient surgery that will keep me from running yet again, but hopefully for just a week or so. Winter will be desecening on Minnesota by then, and it will be a perfect time to transition into 2015, with what I hope will be a BQ run time in my back pocket. I envision a brand new outlook on my running and my training. I’m looking forward to the fresh re-start.

September miles.

September miles.

All this being said, September was a rocker month for me. Over 200 miles, and some of the fastest paces I have seen at long distances.

I’d like to thank all of you again for sticking with me through this agonizing year. I appreciate all of your support and good wishes and I firmly believe I couldn’t have gone it alone. You kept my spirits high and made me realize once more, that “time DID tell”, whether I wanted to listen to it or not.

What are your running goals for 2015? Have you even thought about it yet? 

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