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2013 Races

Will not be happening.
Well... unless something randomly comes up.

I decided a couple months ago to take this year off for races.

Why?

Well, I have several reasons so I'm going to explain in list format:
*My knee.  Yeah, I've talked about this before on here.  After almost every marathon I ran I had some knee pain for a bit.  But after the marathon in October, the knee pain stayed and lingered and stayed.  I really only started feeling better in February or March maybe.  (I think I had some IT band syndrum going on.)

*Competition.  I never starting running for competition.  I ran because I like it.  I'm not a super competitive person and I want to get back to that natural joy of running.  Yeah, I'll probably run just as many miles on my own as I do during marathon training, but it's not for a race, it's for me. 
Last weekend I throughly enjoyed my 24 miles (10 Saturday, 14 Sunday).  I went out just listening to my body and how I felt for the day, which brings me to my next point...

*Schedule.  It's nice to run to run and not have a calendar spelling out how far I need to run everyday, without regard to weather or how I'm feeling.  I also feel a lot more freedom with it because during training I always feel like I need to get the long run in, first thing in the morning.  It's rather limiting, but that's what I do. 
Sunday, I enjoyed my morning and then hit the path around 2.  I didn't have the run weighing on my mind, I just took my time and enjoyed myself.
Last night I went for a run around Cincinnati and it was so nice.  I was nearing the end, but not quite ready to head back.  I wasn't worried about mileage, I just listened in.

(Yes, I know I wouldn't technically be training for the Chicago marathon at this point of the year.  Just sharing my thoughts.)

So here's to a year of not training for anything!

p.s. Mom & Dad bought me a new sports bra on Saturday and on Sunday I wore it for my 14 miler.  It felt soooo amazing!  Thanks Mom & Dad!!!
Next splurge?  New socks.

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