Most assuredly, I will never experience being the one to break the tape in a running race. Quite possibly, I will not experience running in the Boston Marathon once again. I mean, I did meet the 2012 qualification standards. I just didn’t make the cut when the BAA sifted through their 2012 entries for acceptance. I missed being able to toe the line by 6 seconds.
Irrespective of that fact, there is no reason for me to give up on the chase of my own PR. There is no reason for me to give up on chasing a BQ (regardless of whether I am accepted to line up in Hopkinton). I should still set goals, train appropriately, and give it my all. Would you agree?
Am I doing that? Well…sort of.
But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the stats in my BTT feed (see sidebar). You see, even though I have been running (albeit not a lot), I have not logged a single entry since May. Other than being less than thrilled with my distances, pace, or the consistency of my running, I am unable to pinpoint the reason why I have not been logging my run workouts.
I am now suspect that every time I’ve failed to document my efforts, in effect, unintentionally invalidates my hard work. Training logs are powerful tools that motivate and allow an athlete to identify trends both good and bad. They also valid an athlete’s hard work. And in this time of me fighting my way back to I-AM-RUNNER, I need all of the validation I can get.
So, don’t be surprised if the numbers in my sidebar suddenly jump up. I understand that Ms. G has been keeping track of most of my workouts. I may see if I can sweet-talk her into sharing the information with me.