It’s less than a week now until I race my first 15k at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida. It’ll be the longest race I’ll have ever run and I’m actually not dreading that. Like I said in my last post, I’m discovering a new found confidence with longer distances. Last year I attempted to run the 20k at New Haven. I wasn’t prepared for it and dropped out just before 9 miles. I know that some people including myself were a little surprised to see me at such a long race. That was over a year ago and things are a little different.
One year ago today, I slipped on ice and shattered my right wrist while walking our dog Paavo. Aside from the thousands of dollars in medical bills, the accident really changed me for the better. I didn’t come to this amazing realization about what running meant to me because I’ve always known what it means to me and I’ve always known what I want out of it. I think what it did was make me realize that I am in fact tough. I have a vivid image in my head of my mangled wrist and hand and of course the external fixator drilled into my bones that I chose to have instead of a cast in order to train. The pins and screws have been removed. I bring them with me to all of my races just as a reminder of what I went through. I’m still a little shocked by it. I do think that the accident has brought out a new confidence that has helped quite a bit in my running.
My weekly mileage isn’t exactly all that much higher than last year, but the volume in specific workouts has definitely gone up and I’m recovering from it much better than before. We’ve also incorporated a lot more maintenance work into the program and I’m more on top of all of those little things that make the difference. So, I guess you could say I just feel ready to go.