2013 In Review
I have been debating whether to even bothered to write about how 2013 went. To me, it was a wash between being a great running year and a sad running year. At the beginning of the year, I had the following goals:
A - 2500 miles
B - 12 marathons earning me a third star on the maniacs
C - No asthma attacks
Although I basically succeeded in achieving goals B and C, the reason for me not achieving goal A is both sad and complicated.
The first part of the year went really well, I finished the following marathons/ultras: Walt Disney World, ING Miami, A1A Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, DT Endurance 50K, Puerto Rico, and San Francisco, a feat in and of itself. I almost PRd at Disney and earned my current marathon PR at the A1A Ft. Lauderdale. Overall, I was optimistic that training for the Chicago Marathon would bring me a new PR and the sub-4:30 I know I am capable of when the stars aligned.
But they did not. Training for Chicago went great and Walter (my coach) and I had to adjust my goal MP to 10mm because I was doing so well and effortless. The mileage was high and I was responding well. Yet, when I arrived in Chicago, I started feeling off and later DNSd the race at Mile 11 due to pain. At the time, I thought I had hurt myself and believed the best was to leave all my efforts for the MCM marathon coming up in 2 weeks. But, it was not muscle related, as my previous RRs have mentioned. I had some bigger non-running issues that after seven years, they decided to make themselves more noticeable...and painful. Oh, the pain. Chicago was the beginning, MCM was done and I had fun but the pain was there. During the New York City Marathon, everything went great until the pain started. I was demoralized and felt I would never be able to PR at this point. At the time, I suspected surgery was the next step and a visit to the doctor in December confirmed it. But I wanted to do something amazing this year and I signed up for my first double marathon weekend: R.A.G. 26.2 and Ft. Myers Beach. They went great. In fact, I had no pain during the second race. So, I went to Space Coast hopeful that I would be able to run strong. And I did, in part, running the fastest marathon of this season but still with a disappointing time due to the pain.
The next few weeks were sad. One kitty got very ill with liver lipidosis and I spent most of the time force feeding her, giving her meds, and losing my running mojo. I had made an appointment with another doctor who would give me a second opinion and if confirmed would do the surgery I wanted. So, until December 23, I had no mojo. Once I confirmed the plan included surgery and scheduled the surgery for February 14, my mojo returned. I still have pain but my runs have been strong since then. My kitty is getting better (although a second one fell ill and I am repeating the same steps I did with the first, albeit more of an expert at force feeding). But the fact that I have a plan for 2014 and that I know what I want to do post surgery and what my goals will be, has my running mojo on fire.
So, I did not run 2500 miles, I barely made it to 2300. I did run 12 marathons but instead of a third star, I earned a fourth one due to the doubles. And I had no asthma attacks and made it past a year without needing to use albuterol. In and of itself, the year was not bad. But until I take care of that other problem, my racing is on hold. My true racing, not my marathons, hello?
Here is to a new running year!