It’s official. I’m bowing out of the Rehoboth Marathon. There are a few reasons for this, but the primary one is that I have a medical issue that I need to get checked out. I’m anticipating that everything is ok, but the doctor indicated for me to back off before he cleared everything. It’s a bit of a bummer, but if I was completely honest, it always felt like a little tight schedule to run this one in that time frame. I’m still going to run to maintain my fitness–I’ll probably do 5-7 mile runs 3 to 4 times a week until I get clearance that I’m alright. I still might do the half at Rehoboth, mainly since I already paid for the bib and for the hotel room the night before.
This speed bump isn’t entirely unexpected though. I was expecting this 50+1 journey to have it’s fits and starts, and as long as everything is medically ok, I’m going to continue onwards once I get the medical green light. After I’m cleared, I’m going to look around and see if I can get another marathon in before the baby comes in mid-March. The timeline might be a little tough, and I know that Jess won’t be able to travel very far once we get close to the baby’s arrival, so hopefully I can find a February race in PA. Let’s see.
The only thing that I’m really bummed about is possibly missing my goal of hitting 1000 miles this year.
So this week, I ran only once, an 8.2 mile on Tuesday after which my medical issue popped up.
GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK
I’m suspending the marathon training for this race. So the goal is now just to maintain the fitness that I’ve built up. I’m probably going to take this time to work in some more strength training as well. Thanksgiving is next week, and I’m sure that coming back from it will require hitting the gym extra hard.
TWIR (THIS WEEK IN RUNNING)
This week was pretty chill. On Saturday I asked some of my friends to volunteer with me to plant trees in DC with an organization called Casey Trees. I have to say, this volunteer experience was probably one of the best ones I’ve had. It was an incredibly organized event which made the day feel worthwhile. I’ve volunteered at other places where due to the disorganization, you don’t really feel like you’re helping and you kind of feel like your time was wasted or not used. Totally the opposite experience here, and I’ll definitely go back. Plus, it was awesome to be outside. The weather in DC was just gorgeous yesterday morning, mid 60s for a mid-November day.
Overall, there were about 100 volunteers that planted 200 trees. My friends and I were split into two groups and together we put up 10 trees. I’m glad to have a good group of friends to have done this with. Here are some pictures from the event.
Other than that, Michigan beat Indiana en route to it’s epic showdown with Ohio State next week. I can’t wait. #2 vs. #3, for a chance to play for the national championship game. This is the biggest game since that epic #1 vs #2 game in 2006, ten years ago. Sports, and college football in particular, is a good way for me to pass the time. Man, things sure have changed in the last ten years. I was in my second year of law school then and now I’m a pretty experienced attorney. Crazy to just stop and think about it. I hope that ten years from now, I’ll be able to look back and see how much I have grown as well.