Up until last weekend, I hadn't worn my watch or paid much attention to my pace this year. While it has been fun to run free from time, I think it made me a bit lax in my attitude toward running, specifically in regards to marathon training.
During the past three runs, I've strapped on my watch and been surprised that my pace has been comfortably in the 9:00s. Suddenly, I have some hope that I can be faster at this year's Buckeye Half and Akron Marathon, my only sure-fire races scheduled for 2011.
In years past, I would have already run a few races by now. I almost pulled the trigger on a 10-K this weekend, that is, until I saw the registration fee. I'm not about to pay $40 for a race that I know I'm not in condition to attempt a PR, no matter how fun the course might be or how cool the shirt looks.
Now I'm making peace with the idea of possibly only running two races this year. There's enough going on in the life of Viper with the wedding and work responsibilities. If I just have two events to worry about, then I think I can give them just enough attention to do well. I just have to get serious.