What have I been up to? The Big 4-0

I haven’t been blogging as much as I had a few months ago. What have I been up to? I just turned 40 on March 30. I am still running, and my back has recovered from my recent compression injury. After 5 trips to the chiropractor I am back to my old self again. But during the time of my injury I was beating myself up mentally over it. My first run after 9 days off was a struggle. It was 80 degrees out and I was still recovering from my gut not feeling 100%. I was overheated, but still did a run. I felt disappointed however. I thought that during my 9 days off I lost my desire to run. During my recovery time I was taking walks. The first 2 walks were mentally challenging because I wanted to take off and run. Then I began to enjoy my walks. Since getting better, I sometimes take a walk on my non running day. By my 3rd run back into it, it was coming back to me. My longest run since my 15 miler has been a 6 mile run. It felt good and took me 1 hour 10 minutes. I did run it a little faster and now I want to focus on doing another 6 miles and then 10 by Good Friday. During my 6 mile run I was getting a little intimidated by the race. However, I remind myself that I have already done 2 runs of 13 miles or more, so I know I can do it. I think in my mind I have a finishing time in mind and I think I am not going to make it. I’ll continue to work on speeding up a little bit. So 29 days left to go!

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