I am not talking about what happens to your body after a hot yoga session, either. I am talking about being flexible with life circumstances. So, this is where I am right now- still semi-injured and now out of shape.
I have been playing with this in my mind for about two weeks, but this past week's events really solidified it. My ankle is not going to fully heal until I bag the ultra high mileage. I have made progress with the ankle by leaps and bounds, but it is still not 100%. My friends and family can confirm this, but I am not one to do something halfway. Meaning, I COULD run Charlottesville, but it would not be the very best I am capable of. Out of 20 marathons, I have NEVER toed the line unprepared, and I really don't want to start now. My training has always been solid. I had a minor setback during taper before St. Louis, but that had nothing to do with my training. Also, I would have to drive 12 hours to Charlottesville ALONE, run a less-than-best marathon, then drive home. In my mind, I was dreading the whole experience. Since I've been reflecting a lot on what makes me happy, I realized THAT would not make me happy.
Then, as a Godsend, I got an email from Steve at Brooks ID saying that I was a random winner of free entry to a choice of 6 RnR events, one being Seattle. A sweeet, sweet friend from RWOL offered me to visit with her while there, so... out of curiosity, I looked at airfare. Shockingly, it was quite low. All signs point to Seattle, it looks like!
After making the decision, I actually feel relieved. I can keep the mileage really low for the rest of March, then regroup and start training for Seattle. This also works out for me b/c of so many NRR things I have going on, like...
1. Track, track, and more track is keeping me VERY busy. I love it, though, truly love it.
2. My National Board re dos are due on April 15. While I have FAR less to do than last time, I am still far from being finished.
3. I got selected by Alabama State Department of Education to revise the current state test for 3rd through 6th graders. This will require me to be out of town for a week in April and will be gone a week in July, too. After each session, I will have to present *something, don't know what yet* to the teachers.
3. Annndddd, our kids take their State assessment the last week of March, so I'm basically teaching my butt off these days.
In regards to track, this week was a total bust. I'm very disappointed to report that BOTH our meets got canceled this week. Our Tuesday meet was canceled for no apparent reason. Over a week ago, our town experienced a racially-motivated tragedy. I really don't want to go into all the details, but high schools in the area were put on high alert for other racially-motivated *incidences*. A few sporting events were canceled b/c of this, but I would've thought by this week things would've settled down. Thursday was rained out, so that was a legitimate cancellation.
Tuesday is going to be a BLAST! We have a Girls Only meet scheduled. I've been working really, really hard w/ one of my h.s. girls, Barb*(not her real name). She has never hurdled before, but after a LOT of practicing, she is ready to race the 300hurdles on Tuesday. I am really excited to see how she does.