10 Days away to be exact! I'm so excited to catch-up with my athletes and see how their fitness has progressed from the winter break training that was sent home with them. The first race is always an exciting opportunity to see where we are and what we'll need to do to achieve what we want by the end of February at the Conference meet. We have a workout at the end of this week to test our current fitness as well, but nothing is as good as an actual race to test current fitness.
The countdown in my own training feels quite the opposite as I'm still trying to be patient to allow my body to heal from the injuries I received from the accident this fall. I'm doing my PT exercises and have had improvement in my pain lowering during daily activities, but it seems running is still a bit away. That's okay though. I know that I will eventually heal if I'm patient and take the proper steps to help my body strengthen.
Therefore, the more exciting countdown for my own training and racing is racing Grandma's Marathon in 164 Days! My big goal for this year is still to go after the Olympic Trials B standard of 2:43 at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota. http://www.grandmasmarathon.com/
If you have never been to Duluth you're missing out. It is such a cute city with so much energy for how cold it gets there in the winter, but the weather is what makes it perfect for a June marathon!
I can't wait to go back and right now the plan is for it to be a whole family adventure since Ryan might run the Marathon as well and both my parents are planning to come and run the 5k the day before the Marathon. I can't wait to get back to running, but for now I'll try to live by a few inspirational quotes:
" Patience is not simply the ability to wait - It's how we behave while we're waiting."- Joyce Meyer
This quote reminds me that my positive attitude is crucial while I wait and how important it is to take care of yourself and do your PT exercises while waiting to get better. You have to be actively patient.
I also know time will fly by now that my team will be back in town and I'll be busy coaching them to achieve their Indoor Track goals. Everyday I'm reminded how lucky I am to be a collegiate coach.
"Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbelievable combination for success." - Napolean Hill
I think this one is pretty self explanatory. It's the fancy version of what we tell our student-athlete's hard work and effort is what you need to achieve success, but sometimes when an athlete hits a plateau patience comes even more in to play. Distance running is the combination of long periods of healthy, consistent training and sometimes you have to be patient while waiting for all of your hard work and effort to pay off.
So I will continue to work hard (just without running) and practice having positive behavior while being patient.