As you readers know, my wife got laid off a few weeks ago. We've been dealing with it in a positive way thus far. As a result, we also made some lifestyle changes and cut our son's daycare back to part-time. Consequently, I only have to take and pick him up 2 times a week now, which gives me a lot more time to train - something I've been taking advantage of.
So far, my training since Kettle has been phenomenal. I feel renewed and highly motivated to redeem myself from DNF'ing. Honestly, I don't think I've ever been this focused and determined. I've changed my approach from longer slow runs and more frequent "off" days to regular medium-distance and faster-paced ones. In addition, I'm making a much more concerted effort to warm up, cool down, and stretch, since I've had chronic problems with tightness and aches, particularly in my calves and feet. Another part of my training focus is on hill climbing and technique. Gotta say, since I changed my approach, I've been feeling strong, fast, and confident, and have thoroughly been enjoying running once again.
I'm still not sure whether or not I'll get to race again this season, due to financial reasons. Nonetheless, I'm going to keep training as though I will. Who knows, maybe I'll have to just sign up for Superior Sawtooth and charge the damn thing. I really, really, really, want to run that race.
On a final note, congrats to all of the Afton finishers. I missed out this year due to out-of-town family obligations for the holiday weekend. I'll be there next year for sure. I"m sure John put on another whiz-banger of a race with some kick-ass shirts. Also, well wishes go out to those participating in this upcoming weekend beta run at the SHT. Have an awesome time, y'all!!
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