Nowhere did it show the most than at the ENDURrun. Coming into the event with little or no training was downright embarrassing. As far as the event goes, I had a great time running it, and seeing all the familiar faces again made it so worth while. But from a running perspective, I did not enjoy it at all. The marathon on the final day, where I finished in 4:52 or somewhere thereabouts, was the lowest point.
Where did I go wrong? Well, it all started in 2009 with the Scotiabank marathon. I'd trained to do a 3:20 marathon, but ended up with 3:48. it was a tough race, and I had some major leg cramping issues, dehydration, and a host of other problems to contend with. But, that race did a number on my mental state, to the point where any runs after that just seemed futile and dismal in my mind. I let myself go, saying that I'll pick it up again in the spring, with a new training plan. Well, spring came, and the new training plan didn't work. I'd gotten myself too out of shape to follow it, and when I couldn't keep up with it, I got discouraged, and gave it up altogether by the spring.
So what are my goals for 2011? Well, here they are:
- Run a 3:45 marathon in the spring (likely Ottawa)
- Run the ENDURrun with a better time than I did in 2009 (15:16:25 over all stages)
- Run a 3:30 marathon in the late fall (maybe Hamilton or Corning)
So look out 2011! It's my time to jump start my running into high gear!