Heading into week 11 of training, this week I will be doing my first 20 miler. Not looking forward to it, but 6 weeks until marathon and getting closer. I have made a decision that this will be my last marathon for a long time, or maybe forever. To be quite honest I am not a fan of long distant running, I’m much happier with shorter distances, I love the half marathon distance and will stick to those from now on. I have to run my long runs on the weekend extremely early on the weekends, and find no enjoyment in them anymore. I never was a long distance runner to begin with. Once I started running barefoot and hanging out in barefoot/minimal forums much of the talk is about Ultra’s, I got caught up in the hype was THINKING I would be one of these people, I’m not. I did run one Ultra, it was a 50K, it was fun but wouldn’t do it again, it’s not the actually race that I have issues with, it’s the training. I know I have the physically capability to run Ultra’s, or improve my times with Marathon’s, but the desire to do that doesn’t exist. I’m totally cool with this and will be much happier.
Also, my wife is pregnant with our third child due in April. Life will be getting even more busier. I will be 43 in November, I have two boys 7 and 3, with a baby in April, I’m slowing down a bit. I actually feel great for 43 but moving in a new direction. I want to get into cross-fit, a new cross-fit gym opened up right next door at my job, after this marathon I want to start taking classes. It will be cross-fit, barefoot running, and half marathons, that’s something I can live with.