Sorry I have not posted in a few weeks, I have been busy with work and training and dealing with other stuff that I will explain.
So my marathon man had planned on running a marathon this fall, he had hoped to get close to his Boston qualifying time. Well, this plan is derailed by injury now, he has Achilles damage to both feet and will not be able to run for 6-8 weeks and need shock wave therapy and other stuff to get it repaired. Needless to say, he is pretty bummed out. All our Fall running plans have changed, we quickly had to reassess what we could change, what we could get out of at little cost and what we could not change. All these changes affect me as well since I am running; I have to fill in the gaps. We had planned on running the Philly marathon together as my first marathon, this is now not happening, Philly is off the table, a no go, do not pass start and get a medal. I am disappointed that Neale will not be pacing me for my first marathon; I am now running it alone, 5 weeks earlier than expected. His October marathon we cannot change, flights are booked and we have to go. I am running it instead, his bib but no chip, it will give me the experience of running a marathon, which is what I wanted but not necessarily how I wanted to do it. So instead of a 2 week break after my Half Iron distance event Aug 31, I head straight into a condensed marathon training plan. Thank goodness my coach is able to adapt my training quickly and she thinks it is doable.
We were able to transfer bibs for the Army run so I am running the half marathon and he will slowly run/walk the 5K. Last year the Army run was my 1st half marathon and this year it is my 4th. What a year it has been, 2 other half marathons, various 5 and 10K races, 3 triathlons and countless training miles. I am 20 lbs lighter than last year and in such a better place in my training and in my life. My 1st half marathon was my worst race ever and this year it will be 3 weeks after a 113k race so I am not expecting much. I want to have fun, enjoy the course and the crowds, something I did not get to do last year.
Life does not always go as planned, there are always bumps in the road, setbacks and challenges but it is how we respond to them that shows how much we have grown. As I always say,