On Writing and Running
While I haven't posted here for a while, I have been writing like crazy all summer. In June, I began a 10-week essay-writing class through Stanford University, where among other topics, I wrote about how heartbreak led me to both long-distance running and writing, which have become inextricably linked. The story also focused on how we shape our patterns and how they shape us. Women’s Running Magazine published it last week.
On changing patterns, I realized, after a couple of subpar races, it was time for a new training plan. After researching many, I decided to try Hansons Marathon Method and hire a coach, pro-runner Katie Kellner, through their coaching services. I've been running six days a week (instead of five) and incorporating speed work and strength training. It's tough, but I definitely feel stronger. I’ll build to 62 miles a week for an early December marathon, and if I can stay healthy, I'll be ready to try to qualify for Boston, again.