Many things have happened since the Utica Boilermaker in July, most of them not related to running. Most importantly, Ashlie and I had our second daughter, Hadley, who was born on September 11th. We were supposed to run the first Pete Glavin XC race in Clay on Sunday the 10th, but Ashlie’s OB prohibited us from making the trek, and with good reason. Hadley was born the very next day! She and Ashlie are doing great, and Avery is very proud and excited about her new little sister.
In regards to running, I have been trying to follow a pretty structured training plan in preparation for the Syracuse Festival of Races and the remainder of the PGXC races. It is going ok. I can tell that I am missing a crucial aspect of my training, which is my base. I had logged some pretty good miles in the latter half of 2016 and was in great shape then, but several injuries, an emergency surgery, and the birth of my daughter have made my mileage very sporadic ever since then.
Still, I am running decent workouts and averaging around 50 miles per week these days. This past Sunday was the second PGXC race, which I ran as my first race since the Boilermaker. Being a 6K, times are hard to compare, but I ran just over 22 minutes, or 5:55 per mile, in hot, sunny conditions. I was pretty excited about that performance, but my left hip has been bugging me ever since. I am trying to be smart and nip it in the bud before it turns into something serious, but next Sunday is the Syracuse Festival of Races, where I am hoping to run close to 17 minutes.
Already, though, I am looking toward 2018 and what races we will be doing, so again, my focus is on the long term goal. The goal for right now is to get in decent shape and stay healthy so that 2018 can be a good comeback year. There should be some exciting new opportunities for Roadkill Racing and I hope I can be an asset to the team once again!