"If you do not have that almost constant feeling of dissatisfaction with everything, recognizing that no sooner is one pinnacle achieved, one goal realized, success may well elude you"
- Percy Cerrutty, coach of famed Australian miler Herb Elliot
I've taken 3 days (including today) completely off. The only running I've done is to catch a flashing red pedestrian walk light. It made me smile. Often taking just one day off will get me fired up for the following days run, but I've felt nothing like that yet. Though, I know that feeling will come. My spring season is likely over and it's time to look forward, to even bigger/better things. I am in the best shape of my life and I believe I can get even better after a summer of slow, build-up miles. I will (again) focus on the short races early and gradually race my way up to the half marathon distance. I'll try to run some good 13.1-pace workouts on the Canal as often as I can, hopefully with a bunch of the guys. I'll run about one race a month to simply keep sharp, though I won't be in my best form...
July - MCRRC mile race, Rockville Twilighter (5)
August - Falmouth Road Race (7 miles)
September - Kentlands 5K
I'd like to dip under 69 minutes for 13.1 at the Philly Distance Run in late September and attack the 51:00 barrier at Army Ten Miler (arguably a tougher course than Broad Street) in early October.
Then there is Steamtown. The Steamtown Marathon, on October 11, fits nicely on my fall schedule, but I need to see how summer training goes before committing - if I can afford that luxury. If I decide to do Steamtown, I will be all in. I've been humbled by both my marathon attempts thus far and I won't be humbled again.