One year ago today, I published here my 2006 Goals: A Full and a 2. Quite simply, I set out to run a sub-2 hour half-marathon and a full marathon during the year. And I did it, having both goals done by early May. Then I did it again, with another marathon and a second sub-2 half.
At the start of the year, both seemed beyond reach; I think the sub 2 even more than the full. But it happened. And that makes for a good year. The recent ITB struggles notwithstanding, it was a darn good year, for which I am very grateful.
So, here’s my goal for 2007:
Run the half-marathon distance on two consecutive weekends, pain free.Right now, this seems about as distant as last year’s goal did on January 1. And there is one difference; once I reach this goal, I’ll state a new goal for the remainder of the year. But, if I can’t get to this one, there is no point in worrying about specific races or targeted times. Right now, I have to get the ITB cured and get back to what I really enjoy; the long runs on the weekend.
So, that’s it. Goals help focus the mind and provide a basis for grounded assessments. All treatment options for the ITB must move towards this goal.
And, hey, I had a nice run this morning!! Our local club, the Wabash River Runner's Club had our annual “Run in the New Year” fun run at 10am this morning. This social event (with no times and each person could select to run 2, 4 or 6 miles) used to go at midnight but we all got too tired to stay up that late. We had 100 people run, followed by breakfast at a restaurant near the start. Met some folks new to the area, caught up with some old friends, got plenty of empathy for my ITB travails and, perhaps most importantly, got the name of a highly-regarded sports massage therapist with an office less than a mile from my work. I ran a simple two miles in 21 minutes. The ITB was there but not debilitating. I ran the entire way and almost enjoyed it. Spending 15 minutes stretching before the run certainly helped.
I wish you well on this New Year. May each of you be an encouragement to those around you.