I have given a lot thought to the marathon or longer races that I have been doing lately. I enjoy the races very much and they give me a sense of satisfaction or accomplishment. I feel good knowing I can run 26 miles with no problem, or finish a 50 mile race, or head down to Tennessee for my favorite Strolling Jim 40 Miler. I have finished 26 races of marthon distance or longer but I have been asking myself why lately. You see, I don’t want these races to be my “identity” or self-worth measuring stick. I have been thinking that if these long races are creeping into the arena of meaning THAT, then I need to back off of them so that I can regain a healthier sense of who I am and what is most important to me. I don’t want to get to a place where I think I am not in shape because I don’t want to or can’t run a 50 miler anytime I want to. I don’t want to be thinking, “man, I only did 1 marathon this year I’m must not be a real runner.” I am not there yet but I know myself and my tendency to do this so I have had to put myself into check regarding this. So I have been considering drastically cutting back on these races so that I can begin to focus on more objective measures of success that define my fitness and my goals more accurately. I am not looking to be one of the best marthoners or ultra-marathoners, I am looking to be in very very good condition as a runner who still enjoys running for the rest of my life. Anyway, these are just the thoughts I have been having regarding this.
My eating went very well yesterday again. I went to Taco Del Mar for dinner but had the calories and points to be able to do it within my plan. It was very tasty too. It’s friday and I don’t work tomorrow so I am finishing off my lunches today. I feel pretty darn good physically and have lots of energy. I will also run today, I think it is a marathon goal paced run for 5-6 miles. I am just going to focus on enjoying that run for running’s sake. Just be outside and enjoy the sensation of movement and experience the blessing of being able to run at all. That’s all for today.