Monday, February 20, 2012


I tried to find the right video to go with the title of this post, but nothing showed up that I liked on YouTube.  Kids these days  - no respect for the classics.  In my day our bands wore Kabuki makeup and WE LIKED IT.

Anyway, just to keep you all up to date I'm still on a running streak.  I will be running every day until Feb 29, and then taking a day (or maybe 2!) off.  I have a race March 3 that I will want fresh legs for.

Thinking about that race brings me to the title of this post (ah-ha!).  It's the mnemonic for Keep It Simple, Stupid.  It was probably stupid to spell it out because I'm sure most folks know it, but I like to be clear, just in case.  Anyway in my case the simple part is focusing on one thing at a time.  For example, that race March 3?  It's not my goal race for training - it's a 10 mile race 2 weeks before my goal half in Quincy.  I'm lining up race strategy for the 10 mile race, (including trying to do negative splits - but that's another (soon to be posted) post) but I'm not even 100% focused on the half marathon. I'm already mentally skipping ahead to the marathon in November.

Now I know that it's understandable - first marathon, so of course I'm thinking of it.  But it's something that I do a lot; focus too much on what's in the future and not enjoy what's here.  I do it with vacations and visits, special occasions... I also do it with the bad stuff which can get me into a perpetual anxiety spiral.

My goal for this upcoming race is to race smart for what it is - a warmup/tuneup race - but still stay within that race and not think too much about the half marathon.  I'm looking forward to PRing at both races, even without truly racing the 10 miler.  It's been a year since my last 10 mile race and I know that I can pull more out of myself.

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