Tomorrow is the first race in several months, and it's been very productive to step away from racing for a bit.
I found myself exhausted after this summer, and it seemed like I couldn't get my body to maintain energy levels to train, or mental confidence to believe in my running. If I lived somewhere with an early or particularly brutal winter, it might have gone by faster, but instead I took a month off, and then ran here and there in the beautiful Southern California fall without getting that good runner's high for weeks at a time.
Luckily for my racing aspirations, I found a bit of rhythm in the middle of December, and then took a few days easy during Christmas to begin to capitalize on some new energy and confidence. The lead up to tomorrow's race hasn't been overly extensive, but it's been sufficient to get me to the starting line with some confidence in a few key workouts that got faster each week.
Whatever happens tomorrow, be it great or mediocre, it's all apart of building a more sound and balanced 2015 that lets me reach my true potential in the summer. My humbled goal is a year without any loss of momentum towards a strong performance at UTMB.
Oh yeah, it snows in Southern California.