In case you missed it. This past Saturday I finally made the decision on which Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon race I would participate in.....
Now, I promise I don't hace commitment issues. It only took an 18 mile run, 2 Christmas Ales, and a Summer Shandy to finally make my decision.
In all seriousness, this was my plan all along. I had a hard time this year deciding what goals to shoot for and it ended up being a blessing in disguise. I enjoyed the freedom to train how I wanted and without the pressure of sticking to a strict program. I enjoy what I do, so there was never an instance when I slacked because I didn't have a set goal. In the end, I trained harder this year than I did last year. This has paid off and I feel that I am in better shape now than when I was before last year's marathon. My last two long runs of 15 and 18 miles where each 12+ minutes faster than my best run at that distance last year.
I learned a lot last year about training, preparation, and racing a marathon. I am looking forward to applying that to this year. Check back soon for another post that will I share these items in greater detail.
I also want to thank everyone again for their support this year and all the encouragement you have given me. It is greatly appreciated.