My own motivation, which has been lacking as of late.
I signed up for Grandma's Marathon. June 21st. I'm really excited about it, from a coaching standpoint. I have SO many athletes that are targeting that marathon in their "A" race. From sub-3 to BQs, there are BIG goals on the line at Grandma's. I am SO excited to be up there to cheer everyone on!!!!
[Aside: anyone know of a house we could stay at or rent out as a team? Or know a college student that might have a vacant house we could rent?!?]
I have been wrestling with myself lately: you SHOULD want Grandma's! OTQ! Craig and Jeff have registered and are excited to pace me to OTQ. Perfect opportunity!!! Wouldn't it be fun to hug my athletes post-finish, sweaty and smelly, goals achieved?
But, have to say, I have "family" on the brain... :) :) :)
Oh, gosh, this was hard to disclose here... but it's so true and I want to be totally honest here.
That makes it even harder to jump into something 100%, which I know I need to be if I'm going to run sub 2:43! AHHH, what a big mental change for me!!! :) It's amazing how a switch just is turned, and family all of a sudden feels like the absolute right thing, and the best thing!... vs. a year ago, I wanted nothing to do with it. Weird :)
I thought about leaving that desire out of this blog journey, but wanted to be real... plus, I think this is a journey that most elite athletes don't really talk about...
That aside, I will still be up there for Grandma's, but I can't say that it is the "spark in my eye" that I've usually relied on (and is typical of me!). Is it because I've changed my priorities? Since I am not expecting yet, should I just plow through, train hard for Grandma's and snag my OTQ? It's a tough timeline/athletic journey that, like I said, is often left out of most journeys/stories...
Any advice on this from others?!? Wish I could just switch that portion of my brain "off". :) (well, maybe...)
BUT, leave it to my best friend, Craig, to know what is (or might be?) best for me:
He suggested a trail ULTRA: Afton 50k. At first, I thought he was just referring to our friend group, so I said: "That would be fun! Nate would do it, I'm sure! Jake as well!"
But then he quietly said, "Maybe YOU should do it?"
|Oh, dear.... I've done the 25k before, "for fun", and it is killer... 50k?? Perhaps I need new friends...|
I hadn't even considered it. I HATE trail running. I have done about 80 trail miles TOTAL during my entire life. I am slow. I was beat by a 16 year old in my last trail race (and I was TRYING!). I'm not a good hill runner. I'm not fast when I have to watch where my feet go.
BUT, it MAY just be crazy enough that it would spark that motivation in me. I sent an email to Chris with the idea. He hasn't responded... mostly because I'm sure it's a bad idea :). But I told him, perhaps I could pace my athletes at Grandma's, then do the Afton 50k 2 weeks later?
Although, secretly hoping something bigger happens soon... but am happy to have something a little crazy that I'm sort of (hard to admit) excited about :). I think something crazy, new, something I know nothing about will be really good for me.
Oh, my.... :)