Sorry I've been away from blogging for a bit. The past few months have seen some changes that put me at somewhat of a crossroads. Changes at work have led me to seek new work, which created both opportunities and stress. It has been tricky balancing it with school and training, but it has given me the chance to venture out and try something new, which is good.
My running and training suffered during last semester, too. I overtrained somewhat last summer and in the early fall, I crashed a bit. I spent the rest of the fall doing reduced workouts. I gained some weight, too. Ugh. Not like before, but enough that I notice it when I run. The job stress probably didn't help with that, either. I will work on getting the weight down before the marathon.
And yes, marathon training has started! For Christmas, my older brother and his girlfriend gave me a race entry to the marathon of my choice. I've gotta do it now!
So, with some job prospects on the horizon and a renewed commitment to running, with plans for a marathon this year and a training plan in place (thanks to my amazing trainer), a visit to a sports nutritionist planned to help with the grumpy gut and vomiting that happens when I run hard, and a commitment to volunteer at an ultra event in August, I'm re-focussed and feel much, much better about where I'm going.
Bring on 2008.