Ironically, and almost in direct contradiction to the pain and dreariness of the past month, being semi-injured and having dramatically cut back on miles has really helped my body recuperate, overall. Everything but my shin feels fresh, ready, and generally great. Even my brain feels rested and ready for a new challenge. It’s a spring cleaning for my mind. I was confused about 2012‘s plans, and honestly a little demotivated after conquering 2011 with PR after PR. 2011 was amazing and I didn’t really want it to end. Then I was shoved into 2012 and there was nothing I could say or do about it. I just wasn’t ready to start new challenges. January was time off, and looking back, probably necessary time off, for my body and brain. I feel ready to face 2012 now. (Only took a month, I know.)
So it’s February 3. My shin is starting to feel pretty good again, and I’m going to the doctor to check it, just in case. If I need more time off, yeah, it might be hard to swallow, but fine, that’s what it will take. 2011 was all about getting that Boston qualification. 2012 is about fun. I have stacked together a list of races I’d like to run, most of them are marathons. My plan is to NOT race them all, but have fun with most of them. I’d like to really race 2 or 3 of them, but I’m not going to sweat it if my heart or mind is not in it on a particular day; if it is, great, I’ll be ready. This is going to be a good year.