I just spent seven days on vacation with eight of the greatest people on this earth in Ocean City, Maryland. I drank way too many Natty Bohs, had a few too many orange crushes, and soaked in not enough rays of sun. We watched lots of World Cup soccer, had dozens of laughs by the pool and I finally finished a book from my favorite author Emily Giffin. As always, vacation went too quickly - but doesn't it always?!
Tomorrow is back to reality with grown up responsibilities, but more importantly it is my day to regroup, refocus and dominate. I have a hefty running schedule this fall and each day I let go without training is one less day I can make myself better. With the Philadelphia Rock n Roll half marathon in September and the Philadelphia Marathon in November, my training needs to start NOW.
My official training for my marathon begins on Monday, July 21st but now is when I need to continue my base training, keeping up my fitness. I'll be honest, after my half marathon in Wildwood, I've been pretty lazy. But I needed it. I worked really hard for 7 months, training my ass off. I was exhausted and burnt out quite a bit. But whether I want another week off or not, I need to regroup.
I need to refocus my mind set and make effort to fully start my training. My training schedule is in my planner from now until November 23rd. For the next 5 months I know lots of my time will be spent on the road pounding away miles, my social life may make me out to look "lame" and my sleeping in won't be there because of early morning workouts. But to be honest, I wouldn't change it in the world. This year I told myself I was going to make it a monumental one with my fitness and I will continue to do so.
I've talked to my family and Taylor and told them I need their support on this journey. I know each one of them are there for me -- they are all in. But I need my friends to be the same. To not pressure me into drinking when I say I don't want to, or to not call me "lame" for leaving early when I need to get up early the next morning to run 15+ miles. Support me, support my choices and be my support system as I DOMINATE this fall.