Last race for me was the Aramco Houston 1/2 Marathon, which served as this year's USATF 1/2 Marathon Championships. It was there that I made my first big step in the right direction in quite some time. Dropping my 1/2 marathon PR from 1:04.41 to 1:03.23.
I may seem underwhelmed about the result, but for me, it was just a step toward where I want to be in LA, not the end result. The LA Marathon is the basket where I'm putting all my eggs this winter.
Training has been going really well. I'm handling the volume and the workouts MUCH better this time around, and have been able to really nail a few good ones. The key for me at this point is to just keep my eyes on the prize, and keep this consistency going through February.
It can be scary knowing that you're in the best shape of your life. Terrifying in fact. It's comfortable here in my moderate performance world. There's no pressure or expectation when no one knows your name. But comfortable is not where I want to be. Uncomfortable is where my dreams lie, it's where the glory is.
From now until March, I need to come to terms with the fact that I'm ready to take the next step in my career. I'll stand on that line in the city of angels and be ready to embrace the discomfort. I'll be ready to weather the grinding pain and agony that comes with the marathon. I'll be ready to start that race one man, and finish as a different one.
I just have to get to that line in one piece. Only a few more 130+ mile weeks stand in my way. I am so ready.
The Moderately Talented Distance Runner