Indy Training Update
First, a little update on my training the past few weeks. The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is only 1 week away (boy, time sure does fly by). I really have no idea what to expect. I have had some good runs and some not so good runs. My pace has picked up since Ironman training, but my long runs are still about 1:30min/mi slower than when I ran my last marathon (Boston 2015). I have been trying to stay consistent with strength workouts, but of course some weeks have been better than others. I have been feeling pretty healthy, but this past week my body has just been really tired (no clue why). My plan is to take it easy this last week and run the marathon at a very conservative pace; however, I am still unsure what a conservative pace is - 9:30min/mi? 9min/mi? 8:30min/mi?. I would love to qualify for Boston again, but I don't want to get my hopes up.
On another note, I have started reading the book below and I HIGHLY recommend it! I plan to do a blog post on it soon.
The Three C's in Life: Choice, Chance, and Change
This quote could not be more fitting. In 2 weeks I will be moving to Raleigh, North Carolina. This will be the 4th city I have lived in during my 20s: Williamsburg for college, Cleveland for graduate school (my hometown), Cincinnati for my first “real” job, and now Raleigh for work. I have learned that moving to a new city isn’t easy; in fact, it is one of the most difficult challenges I have faced.
These challenges, though, have made me who I am today. I have learned valuable life lessons, gained self-confidence, and made lasting friendships. When I moved to Cincinnati 4 years ago I was lost. I was no longer a Division 1 athlete or a student and my dreams of going to medical school were fading. Furthermore, I didn’t know anyone in Cincinnati, my job wasn’t challenging, and I didn’t have any hobbies. However, eventually things changed. I decided to join a running group and through this group I developed a wonderful group of friends and goals to work towards. I completed my first half marathon, marathon, triathlon, and eventually my first Ironman.
Looking back, moving to a new city was a challenge, but it was most definitely worth it. I am looking forward to new choices, chances, and changes in Raleigh :).