My last "big" race, the 2009 Finger Lakes 50k Trail Race finished in
5 hours and 31 minutes... almost six years ago.
Which brings me back to that friend who successfully ran the winter half; while we were talking training shop, he shared his target time for an upcoming half, a time that (in the past) would have been one I would have had little difficulty achieving. I suggested that maybe I could "probably" pace him in his efforts to hit the time. The problem is that now, I have just over ten weeks to run myself in shape and continue on my long, slow road to running a race.
With this goal in my mind a sat down and wrote out a (very) modest training plan designed to put me in a position to finish a half, though whether or not I will be able to me my friend's expected performance time remains to be seen. The challenge is in accepting the reality that I am not the same runner, or person, I was five years ago and that those times and miles may no longer be realistic--frankly, I'm not at the place where I am willing to (or need to) sacrifice what it takes to elicit those performances. This is no sequel to the 1.0 version of me.
I would however, once again, like to finish and maybe (just maybe) extend my training beyond this initial goal of 13.1 miles. This soft reboot begins today and with the clock ticking there is little room for deviating from the plan I have set forth for myself. Thus far the greatest barriers remain my body (the hamstrings still ache) and the weather (I just cannot bring myself to run outside in -24° on-skin temps), but I'll continue to take it one training session at a time.