Two months. Two months of limited running.
I really had no excuse. There was no injury. Sure it was kind of hot and humid. And a bit wet - thanks Mother Nature for that 11 inches of rain you gave us in July. And I guess I did put some focus into tri training for High Cliff and Trek Women's. But none of that is any excuse of my fairly infrequent running.
In a perfect world, I would have taken a week or two off to recover from the Green Bay Half Marathon in May. But remember, that was in mid-May. By June 1? I should have been back to a regular running schedule.
So now I find myself in a predicament where I'm 7 weeks away - 48 days to be exact - from the Fox Cities Half Marathon on Sept. 19. And my longest run since Green Bay? That would be tonight's 4.6 mile jaunt on the treadmill.
But it's a new month. And I've got some new motivation - seriously when you see a number like 48 days staring at you, it'll kick your butt in gear. Starting today I run.
I've got an abbreviated training plan penciled into my calender. I'm aiming for 4 or 5 runs per week with a long run on the weekend. In a perfect world, I would hit 11 miles before half marathon day shows up. But I guess I'd be happy with 10 as well. As for a mindset approaching this half? I'm not out to necessarily hit a PR (although I admit it would be nice), but I'm going to approach it with an attitude that I'm just running it to have fun - which kind of sounds weird. Seriously, when was the last time I ran 13.1 miles for fun?
So that's the plan for the next 48 days. Regain my running mojo. Train for a half. And run it to have a good time (without dying of course). I'm putting it out there so I've got to hold myself accountable now. Help keep me on track guys!