I've been spending alot of time off my feet lately & feeding my face seemingly nonstop (gained 10 pounds in 2 weeks) -- haven't gotten out of the holiday habit yet. I've justified it by saying to myself: I'm resting my back. It's been almost 3 weeks since the Otter Creek Marathon. It would've been my only marathon finish of 2013, but I ended up with my first ever marathon DNF -- my back shut me down, even with the brace. Not sure what brought the pain on so fast other than my pace was a little quicker at the start than at the ultras I'd been running (I'm not going to do that again). It didn't help that I fell awkwardly on my left hip early in the race. I'm also beginning to think that the posture therapy I go thru for my gut problem is messing with the back -- if it's not one thing, it's another!
Got word today from the Massanutten lottery people that I did not meet the qualifications for the race in May this year. After my mental shutdown there last year, in what would've been my best ever finish, I was hoping to redeem myself this year. The way my back is now, I guess it's best that I didn't get to sign up. Things are going to have to get much better just to get in a qualifying race for 2015.
Still going to try the re-scheduled Tecumseh Marathon Saturday after this holiday rest break. It's been ages ago the last time my goal was to just finish a marathon. I'm hoping to have more fun than pain this time . . .