Reflecting on last week's race in LA, I need to answer a basic question: did I accomplish what I set out to do? The answer is not so simple. One of my goals was to break the 3 hour mark for the marathon. That did not happen. However, I did finish the race and consequently qualified for Boston. The good news is I have identified areas of improvement:
Being fast is a choice. For the longest time, I have been working against myself and I did not even know it. I would follow the training schedules, do all the workouts and the times were not always reflective of the work. What was going on? I would trudge through a long run, and it felt weak and tiresome. Recently, I sat down with a nutritionist and looked at my meal plan. The meal plan I was on was weak. I mean I was eating relatively healthy food probably 80% of the time. I was crashing at the end of the day and when I went to do my workout I was pushing on fumes. That’s not good enough. I really had to see that through. Anyone who knows me would not really be surprised and their response would be something like "told you so." Go ahead say it, I am cool with it. Because now I get it too.
I need to be the change in my running. Ultimately, the nutritionist can build the perfect plan, but it needs to come from me in the end. My body would push through the work, but I did not do enough in the system to get the benefits from it. I was training to survive, barely.
I was on a fuel plan for less than a month, going into the LA Marathon and my whole life has changed. The nutritionist says "Remember this new feeling, because you never need to go back." So now when I go running I have energy and my overall body is relaxed, even during intense workouts. My body and mind are now communicating to work together as a unit. They have been on different pages for too long. "I want to be fast," is a choice. Any decision has the chance to support that last statement or detract from it.