Back in the Marathon Mindset

Photo by Rudy Malmquist (@rudymalmquist on Instagram)

from Esther Atkins on Instagram

When you start to get that feeling that the best is yet to come… ✨

I’ve been pretty quiet about my training the last couple months. Mostly because the primary objective has been to just run a bunch of easy miles. Then also because it’s summer in the South and nothing looks impressive when it’s always 100% humidity and 75° on a good day.

I’ve been back up in the 100-110mpw range for 5 of the last 6 weeks. And I’ve done 5 runs of 23mi or more in the same time.

I’ve been toying with the idea of finding my first road ultra and exploring what my goals might be when I eventually do. But it looks like I’ll have to keep marinating on that until next year. 😉

At this point I’m back in the marathon mindset.

I just did my first pseudo workout yesterday. It felt different. Regardless of how fast or slow I was running, my head was really in it. For the first time in too long.

It’s still too early to call it, but I feel it’s safe to say that the last 3 months since Grandma’s Half in Duluth have had the desired effect. I feel stronger, fresher, and more motivated than I’ve felt in a long time.

Fall schedule:
  • 10/7 Twin Cities 10mi (US Champs)
  • 11/10 Markel Richmond Half
  • 12/2 California International Marathon (US Champs)
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