Wednesday, October 25, 2006

So, what's next?

I am cognizant that I have been a bit schizophrenic on the aesthetics of my blog as of late. I've been searching for a newer, bolder and more compelling blog identity. My commitment is to maintain some degree of continuity in layout going forward.

The race on Sunday was a real turning point. (How nice that I haven't run a step as yet since crossing that finish.) The past 72 hours have been a time of real reflection for me.

I started this blog gig on September 5th, 2005 with this introductory post.

First, it was just an experiment to see if a blog would improve my training focus and inspire me to new running heights.

Then, it was to use as a motivational tool to deliver a strong result at the Tampa Marathon.

When the PR streak ended in Tampa, I was at a turning point. I knew I had not given my best to running, but it was a choice (maybe sub-conscious to an extent) because I wasn't sure if I wanted to give more.

My wife and I moved from Connecticut to the Chicago area at the end of April. I knew I would have to run the big one here. And if I was going to run Chicago, I would need a landmark performance for me to really feel like marathoning was worth it. I achieved my goal.

Now I have to decide what is next.

I've got the Vegas Half in December. I think I am going to try for a PR there, which will make me feel like I am running shape.

For Boston, however, I can't decide if I truly want to better my Chicago time. Of course, I want to run sub 3:10, but do I want to train through the winter to do it?

Or should I save my next best for a future marathon? I want to be able to enjoy Boston and soak in the atmosphere.

Plus, I've got a wife who wants to have a baby soon (Read: Keep your schedule open, Ryan). So I can adjust my running habits to such a major life change?

For now, I'll try for PR's on my upcoming two races (5k and half) and not worry about Boston for a few weeks or any major life changes. We'll cross that bridge... as they say... later.


robtherunner said...

I trust you will make the right decision for you and your family. I can tell you that you can have a baby, job, and still run marathons at the same time. You can probably even keep progressing, but you may have to walk a fine line.

I have put my best running on hold for awhile until I can get through school, but I still enjoy running long and often and if I am a little slower right now that is all right. We have peaks and valleys in running as we do in life.

Firefly's Running said...

It's good that you are planning your run around your life. Running is so wonderful that way. It's always there for you when you need it. As for Boston, see how you do during the half. It will be your best judgement.

Nicole said...

Well you have a lot of big decisions - I'm sure you will figure it out. Congrats again on the BQ time.

Tara said...

I like this blog layout lots! Ah the prospects of family...I hear you on that one. It will all mesh may take some work, but it always works out somehow. And regardless of what you decide on for Boston, you are stud runner! :)

Bob said...

I like the new layout, and you are not the only one sorting through the what next question. Winters up here suck, they toatally change things.

Vendelascity said...

So what are your recovery plans after your big PR? How soon will you return to training for Boston?

Ryan said...

Glad to get some favorable feedback on the new layout. In hindsight, it does rip off Zeke's slightly, but he didn't create it either.

Vendela, I have not run a step as yet, but will attempt my first recovery run this evening - maybe 4-5. I'll start training for the Vegas half this weekend, which will lead into Boston training late Dec.