I have been a bit frustrated all weekend; in truth, I think it has to do with the realization that I am not at a point in my development in which I am ready to reach some of my running goals; I am getting great feedback from folks in the running community that is helpful. And in the long run, it will allow me to continue to strive to get to a level I want to be at. I do appreciate great coaching. For the most part, I have been able to achieve many of the goals I have set out to achieve; it has allowed be to be very successful. I only returned to running in the fall of 2008… five months after having a tumor removed from my brain; I did not enter my first marathon since that return until March 2010, in which I was a bit too heavy (189 lbs) and had not done the work. Six weeks later, I saw more improvement. That March 2010 race was ugly. In less than a year, I have watched my MP go from 8:31 to 8:06 to 7:25. Running a 7:25 often feels like a jog right now. Knowing that I have made some great gains in a short amount of time keeps me focused.
I would be lying if I stated that I am not frustrated with my progress. Though I have made some gains, I created this time line for my running plight that is taking a bit longer. I have elected to start thinking more long-term. The goal still remains: a sub 2:50 marathon. I refuse to deviate from that. Now, how much faster beyond 2:50 is the great mystery. I love what Peter had to say regarding progress: “Look forward, do not look back, you will not catch up anything, but you always have good chance to improve your performance!” And, my friend Karl, who is a great runner, noted on his blog referencing Lena Horne: “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.“