What started as a pretty amazing year of running tapered down quickly.
Getting that IOD in March spelled disaster for my running. The nausea and constant myalgia pretty much put me out of it for four weeks straight. Winter was a shock to my system and it took me a while to get back into running when the cold set in; and not long after THAT I got a really bad bout of flu that essentially had me indoors for the month of August.
Excuses aside, my motivation to run WAS pretty low, too.
I recently read Tom Foreman’s My Year of Running Dangerously (review coming soon!) and that certainly upped my motivation in a big way. In fact, while I have always maintained that I had no desire to run a marathon… I now think I kinda sorta might want to do that.
The little trip to New York also, strangely, really helped my running. The Boy’s sister is big into trail running and we went running in Central Park every morning. It was fantastic! I find that when you run in a foreign country you don’t seem quite so foreign. Nobody tries to sell you crap while you’re running, for instance.
Upon returning to Cape Town and before returning to the Eastern Cape, I decided to do a little 10km run. It was the Cape Town Marathon that weekend, which also hosted a 10km “Peace Run”. I set a personal record for 10km so naturally I was pretty chuffed.
I still prefer running on the trail, but right now I’m not at all fit enough.
My running goals for the next year:
- strengthen my core (Pilates, anyone?)
- run a half-marathon before the end of this year
- run a full marathon next year
Realistic? I hope so.