Well, I finally committed!
I have been really struggling this year, trying to make up my mind about what events I want to do. On the one hand, I like my half marathon distances, not too long, I can usually expect to be finished in a couple of hours, and most importantly… I can walk normal the next day.
But, the proverbial “grass is always greener” argument, is to go outside my comfort zone and try some distances that I have not done before. To date, my longest race is a 50km. Not bad, but hardly a drop in the bucket when considered with all the 100 mile distances out there.
So, I mentioned that I had decided. Well sort of.. I know great cop out :). Don’t worry I will end the suspense, I have signed up for a 21km trail race for the last weekend in March. But, this does not mean I am staying committed to the half marathons. In fact, it could well be the complete opposite.
Let me explain.
Last year was a tough year for me. I ran a lot, and probably ran way too often. I was determined to run a 50km race and I was going to use the sledge hammer approach. Which is pile on the miles until something breaks. While I managed to run that 50km, I ended the year depressed, beat up and disillusioned about ultras.
So, what has changed? Well in part, I have dialled back the number of days per week I run. But, I have also added in a healthy dose of Cross Training, gotta love the Spartacus. To top this off, I have been on a mission this year to solve my diet.
Diet? But, you are an active guy, can’t you just eat anything you want?
Well, I could. But, then I would end up rolling down the hills. Not my ideal choice. To be honest, weight has not been a huge issue, it was more how I felt. For the entire year 2014, I felt bad. My sinuses were constantly stuffed, I pretty much lived on Claritin, and I just did not have the energy or recovery that my running mates seemed to have.
So far this year I have been experimenting. First removing wheat, as much as possible since I still love beer, and then being more careful as to WHEN I ate carbohydrates. And it seems to be working.
I am down 12lbs so far this year, and more importantly I feel great!
Do you understand now? I have signed up to run the half marathon trail run because I want to see how it feels. If, I feel as good as I suspect I then fully intend on finding a longer distance to train for. With just over a week to go, I guess we won’t have to wait long to find out.