Sunday, November 13, 2011

Maintenance, motivation and a whole lot of meh

It's been 7 months since my last post (why does this sound like the beginning to a confession?). Between May and November, I'd love to tell you that there's been a bunch of news that I have needed to share, but just haven't had the time.

The truth is, though, there's just not a lot of news to share. My job continues to be great and I love doing what I'm doing every day. Making the career change to lawyerhood has been incredibly fulfilling and fun, and I'm not looking back, even for a second.

As for fitness, what's the opposite for progress? No, not Congress, despite the old joke. Regress. And that's what's been happening to my training. While I did go for a couple of longer 40+ mile bike rides over the summer, my training has trailed off significantly, and so has my mileage.

When I was in law school, I was routinely running no less than 4 miles in the morning before class. Now, I'm running not much more (if any more) than 2 miles. So I'm putting in about 8-12 miles a week on the roads. Am I upset about it? Meh. Not really.

I had tentatively planned to do a half-marathon in November with a friend of mine, but we just couldn't coordinate it and it never ended up happening. Meh, whatever.

We're about to start another ugly New England winter. I've trained over the winter for a spring marathon, and I vowed never to do that again. Trudging through the snow and ice on the poorly-maintained roads is no way to train.

But I know that I need to have some sort of goal out there. I'm not sure if a full marathon is for me, but if it is, I'd probably keep it local. There are two marathons in New Hampshire: the New Hampshire marathon in Bristol, and the City of Manchester Marathon in, well, Manchester.

Both of them are in the fall, so there's plenty of time for me to procrastinate, hem and haw about doing them, and then do a bunch of last minute training. I'm not positive I'll do another full, but if I do, I'll stay local to get there and back pretty quickly. If it doesn't happen, you got it: meh.