New Year Proverbial Wave Riding (and Race Schedule)
The New Year generally brings with it a storied whim of clarity, a daring dash of DO IT. I’d been feeling this wave of confidence in the weeks that led up to January 1st, 2013; and now that the arbitrary date has come and gone, I feel even more pumped riding on the very top of that proverbial wave.
One product of said wave riding is that I am officially training people now. My personal training and fitness website, Iron Lung Fitness, has all the details. This is a career move I have been planning for a year and a half, so to actually be doing it, to actually make it happen, is quite a joyous relief.
Another wave that came upon my shore is that of increased strength, power and flexibility. The six weeks I took off of running were not spent in front of the television with my feet kicked up, rather, they were spent in the gym, gutting it out, punching holes into heavy bags and doing pistol squats until I puked (well, okay, I didn’t actually puke, but I might have felt better had I done so). Those six weeks were also spent in a yoga studio, where I learned to love bending stuff, including my preconceived notions of what yoga could (or could not) do for me. Instead of kicking rocks and cursing my injured IT band for not letting me run, I focused on the only thing I could: getting better.
Boy am I better.
On my runs this week I have noticed my easy jogging pace is a whole minute faster than it was at the end of the 2012 season. Slowly burning into tempo speed also seems easier. My core feels more firm, my gait more balanced. And while I suspect some of this perception could be attributed to the extended period of rest, I am quite confident that most of it is due to hard work: getting it done, riding a wave.
My focus for this year, as previously mentioned, is breaking the 3-hour mark in the marathon. At this point I am going to look towards the Chicago Marathon in October to make the attempt, fully aware that weather could be a deciding factor. If it happens to be a fluke year weather wise, I’ll adapt and try again late in the season.
The build-up to that will be full of fun too. I have the Houston Half Marathon coming this Sunday, which will give me a good idea of where my current speed threshold lies, followed by an exciting new local 25K race trail race. Then April will bring with it my first Boston Marathon, something I’m itching to experience firsthand. I’m signed up for the Ice Age Trail 50K in May, another new and local middle distance trail race called the Wholly Hell 15K in June and as of now, I’m still trying to find a suitable 50 mile or timed event to tackle in July/August. Mohican seems to be calling me, but so too does a repeat at Howl at the Moon.
The decision making wave will come to me, eventually.
To stretch my legs out and relax before the big October surge, I’m looking forward to a wild weekend in Hell, Michigan, where I aim to take part in the Run Woodstock weekend. Tentatively, I’m thinking I’ll do the 50K option, but I may drop down to something shorter so I have time to run the “natural” 5Ks they feature each evening. Yes, natural. That means I have to invent a non-invasive adhesive for certain body parts that may be prone to floppage.
After the Chicago Marathon, I’m not quite sure what I will do next. Hopefully, I’ll be organizing a big party to celebrate an epic finish. But after my experiences in 2012, I think a good amount of rest will also be in the plan.
Or maybe I’ll just run along and see what wave decides to take me next.
Congratulations on starting your own fitness business! That’s really exciting! You’ve got a big year ahead of you and I have a feeling you are gonna kick some butt!
January 10, 2013 at 20:36
January 14, 2013 at 09:07
Congratulations on starting your own business, Jeff! That’s a huge, impressive step and I wish you all the best. Happy running and good health in the New Year!
January 13, 2013 at 01:45
And the same to you, Kristen! Hope those offseason acquisitions bring you and your team lots of joy come October too!
January 14, 2013 at 09:08
I need to get some trail running shoes to follow in your footsteps. Also, can I say how insanely jealous I am because IRON LUNG is the best fucking name ever for anything? Goddamn. I guess the only thing that comes close with my last name would be GEBRESOLERA or something like that, but that only has meaning to people in the know.
Best of luck with your entrepreneurial efforts, sir. I might have to hit you up for some trail running sessions in the next 4 months if I want to do the Ice Age 50k without grinding myself to ash.
January 15, 2013 at 11:29
Haha… I don’t know, man, Gebresolera sounds pretty darn cool to me 😉 Hit me up any time! I’m signed up for IAT 50K, so I look forward to watching you cross the 50 mile finish line. I’ll even be ready to hand you a beer!
January 16, 2013 at 09:33
I too am doing “just” the 50k, sir Lung. The 50-miler is in August at the North Country Run. Weren’t you looking for a 50-miler in late summer? DO IT.
January 16, 2013 at 09:54
Whoops! Sorry about the mix-up. Hmm… I am looking for a 50 in the summer, yes… that could be a good one. I will check it out. There could be a road trip in the cards! Regardless, we’ll have fun at IAT — such a good time with fantastic people and views.
January 16, 2013 at 09:59
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