Pete Tanguay

Running reflections …

by on Jun.13, 2011, under Other

… on hard training, setting goals, “A” races, brotherly runs, new distances, great friends and deep meaning.

2011 is nearing the mid-point and what a year it has been.  Listening to my body, it is asking for a rest.  A rest from the hard work I’ve put it through and a time to restore and rebuild.  Starting with the week before my birthday in 2010 when I ran my age (54 miles) during the week, I worked harder than ever to smash the sub-4 hour marathon barrier with a time that surprised even me.  This was truly an “A” race where it all came together – training, race day support, weather, mind set, detailed plan, strong finish and sweet victory.

Followed this up with a most memorable run in Vienna with Ed and then my first 50k.  I’ve been fighting an injury off and on and coming down with shingles the week before the 50k made me dig down deep, not so much for the energy but for the follow through and commitment to what I set out to do.  After taking a week or so off, I’ve been trying to get back into running, trying to feel better, etc. and I’ve just realized that it is time to rest.  Time to cross train and focus on pure health.  I need to decide when my next “A” race will be and begin to make my plan to make it happen.  One thing I know is the first part of the plan is to rest and recover, and to build a base of strength that I can take with me to the beginning of my training.

My next “A” race is going to be the Houston half marathon in January.  Saturday I will get to see America’s best marathoners compete for a place on the 2012 Olympic marathon team.  The first time they’ve had the men and women marathon time trials on the same day.  The next day I will run the half marathon with a goal to have my best time yet and at least something under 1:40.  My PR is 1:42:13.  The two training races I have planned right now are the Soaring Wings half marathon in October and the Memphis marathon in early December.

I also need to take a break to get a little balance in my life.  So much focus on running and yet so many other great things to give my time to.  I am looking forward to not hurting when I get out of bed and to building some strength that I can take into a challenging training schedule.  We’ll see what happens, but for now I know one thing.  It’s time to rest and appreciate all that has come through running during the first half of 2011.  What a great year it has been.

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