I've been absent from the running world for a while now, basically since I started Crossfit in March (2017). Since then, 9 months ago, I've gained nearly 20 pounds (mostly muscle ;) and hit countless other benchmarks along the way. To name a few, I'm up to a 225# Deadlift, 115# Clean and Jerk, and 150# Back Squat. I also couldn't do a single "crossfit pushup" and now I can do lots. I also just now, finally, got a couple of strict pull-ups. Winning.
Taking this time off from running has been incredible to my body. While I am still plagued with ankle tendinitis, I'm healing really well, and doing things on it (box jumps, 6:43 miles, and double unders) I didn't think I would be able to do. I'm also far stronger, as I mentioned, and I can feel that strength in my muscles when I run.
It also has been incredible for me, mentally. I realized that I really was burned out on running. Not that I didn't love it, but I didn't look forward to hopping on the same trails, and I stopped taking opportunities to go do it.
Now that the sweltering Phoenix summer is finally over (and it's December, folks), my boyfriend and I decided to take the pups for a hike on the loop we were running in the spring. When we got to the first downhill we started running, and it felt so good, I just couldn't even believe it. With the sun going down over the Sonoran Desert Preserve, we completed the 5.5 mile trek with more running than I'd done in the last 4 months, feeling strong and triumphant.
We went out again yesterday to Tom's Thumb, and hiked and ran with the pups again. I started thinking, well, I've been doing a marathon about once a year for the past 4 years, Why would I stop now?
So here I am, marathon planning for 2018. I want to break 4:00. That's my reach goal. I just want to be that weightlifter/crossfitter who also runs a sub-4:00 marathon.
I came across an article today about running as a weightlifter/body builder. And the guy or gal was like, I'm never going to be an elite marathoner, and I'm never going to be an on-stage body builder, so why not just do what I enjoy and I enjoy both!
So that's me. Rather than focus on being really great at one goal, why not just see how many things I can actually do? And then see if I can do them all at the same time. Can I run marathons, which I love doing AND lift heavy?
My next marathon will be the Lincoln Marathon (again!) in May. I loved this race when I ran it with my sister in 2016. And since she's lucky enough to still live in Nebraska, I've got a free place to stay!
Next up: When will I start training and what will my plan look like?
Also: Big news and exciting changes ahead, too!