Today I’ll be attending a press conference in Carmel, Indiana where the mayor and other city representatives will be unveiling plans for a “nationally promoted” June marathon. Aside from the marathon, a 1/2 marathon and 1 mile family fun walk will also take place. The big news though is that Carmel has made a bid for the USTAF 8k championships to also take place that weekend. The 8k championships will bring in olympic caliber runners from across the country to race the streets of Carmel, but Carmel must first win the bid among 7(?) other entries. Local racer Aaron Moody invited myself and two other local elite runners to attend the press conference.
Regarding training, things are going quite well. I’m still running consistently and am working on two consecutive 70 miles weeks with workouts and long runs. I’ve felt only very minor issues with my leg that seem to be more related to the stresses of building strength than anything damaging. I’m still sticking to my strength routines and the recovery after each workout gets better and better. My fitness is still leaving something to be desired, but considering I was out of running for 3 months straight, this is to be expected. I bombed a couple workouts when I couldn’t hit my goals, but each one gets closer and closer to my target times, which considering the heat and humidity we are running in, is very encouraging. I think I’m about 2 weeks of workouts away from feeling confident in my fitness and close to race-ready, but fortunately my next scheduled race isn’t until August.
Speaking of workouts, next week I’ll be visiting my son in North Carolina and considering they are having 100 degree temperatures right now, I might be doing my more fundamental runs in a way I never have before. I don’t mean in the heat, but rather on the treadmill at the hotel. Once before I did a 15 miler on the treadmill this past winter, but if things don’t turn around out there I’ll be doing a full 20 miles…going nowhere. Fortunately, I have developed the mentality where if something seems really, really absurd, I find a sort of joy in doing it. Maybe it’s part of my extremist perspective, but running 20 miles on a treadmill seems so ridiculous that I just have to try it. I mean, at least I’ll know just how ridiculous it is. What if I died never knowing what that’s like? Tragic.
I want to run Chicago. My first (and only road) marathon there was such a positive experience that I feel it is another great opportunity and proper course to make a go for the trials. Of course, this means nothing in relation to the level of fitness I will have developed by the time October 10th comes around, so actually registering for the race will have to wait, but I still want to use Chicago as my goal race. Not too long ago I had written it off, but as soon as the injury subsided I feel I can still make a go for it. The window of development is much smaller now, but there is still that chance. And to add even more fuel to my fires of motivation, news articles keep coming out about the elite racers that will be entering this years race. Ryan Hall. Chewy. Desiree Davila. etc. Granted, I won’t be racing any of them, but it’s always cool to run a race with athletes of this level and be able to compare your performances. Then there is the financial incentive. Granted, my ultimate motivation is to qualify for the trials, but added to that, Chicago is offering $1000 to any american runner going under 2:22 and $2500 to any runner going under 2:19 (my goal time). Icing on the cake. Plus, I promised Michelle that if I hit either of those times the money is hers to spend on either a Macbook Pro or a new Mountain Bike. The 1000 would only go so far in those purchases, so now I have even more incentive to go 2:19…and she has more incentive to push me there. 🙂 Great….now it’s on the internet, which means it’s official, and quite possibly legally binding. 😉