It's been awhile since I last posted; so what have I been up to? Not much. In mid-September I decided that it was time to test out the legs so I ran the CVS Downtown 5K. This was the seventh year I have run this 5K so there was also a bit of nostalgic reasons for picking that race. For the seventh year in a row the weather was fantastic and it was a great day all around. I finished somewhere in the mid-20 minute range which is just what I expected. But it wasn't easy, it took everything I had at the end to hold on so that means I need to do a lot more speed work to get beck to any type of race shape.
Other than that I have just been cruising along, literally and figuratively. The highlights of my weeks have been the long runs on the weekend which have been going pretty well. Two weeks ago I went out with Jeff W. and we did 18.4 around Ponkapoag which was a great change of scenery. Unfortunately this was followed up the next week with 2 hours 45 minutes on my treadmill due to torrential downpours. Nothing quite so unsettling as stepping off of a treadmill after hours of running and feeling the room rush by you; I hate that feeling.
I have had virtually no interest in racing as of late. BayState is two weeks away and the most excitement I can muster for it is an occasional "meh". I'm three to four weeks off of what would be considered a normal marathon training schedule and 15 pounds overweight which shows just how serious I have approached this. But it's not only the marathon that has me ambivalent, I haven't signed up a single race and wouldn't even be doing BayState if it hadn't been paid for months ago. Nor have I even looked at a schedule of races to see if there is any I would consider doing; and the freakin' race calendar is literally 12 inches in front of my face hanging on the wall in front of me as I type this! That should tell me something.
The one race I was actually looking forward to doing was the Halloween duathlon in Wrentham. Two months ago I paid for a new bike and have yet to receive it. First it was supposed to arrive in early September. Then it was delayed, then it shipped out last Monday, then on Friday it was on backorder, and etc. It could be at the bottom of the ocean as far as I know right now. Long story short, I won't be doing that race.
Where do I go from here? I have no plan. I have no endgame. For now I am just running because that's what I do. Damn, this post turned out more depressing then I intended. Schade.