I always say I am going to come back to running, just as soon as my ankle doesn't hurt and my hip doesn't hurt and it's not 110 degrees outside...
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?
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