It takes, relatively, a substantial amount of time and money to race, and in order to see improvements I needed a heavy dose of training and few races in between. It depends on ones goals, but the intensity of races requires high effort levels, ones not usually achieved during training. Producing those quality efforts at each race, without burning out or getting injured, takes time in order to recover and train. I think last year I was more engaged with the destination and not the journey that lead me there because of a strong desire to say that I was able to complete that distance (no matter the effort quality), or get that buckle. This year has changed a bit. I'm over that first-time excitement and now looking to see what this training will produce. I'm nervous and curious. It's time to trust in the work I've done so far and just run. There is a deep satisfaction in toeing the starting line of a race you've prepared as best you can for and will soon be laying it all out for. No "training" races, no running just to finish, no-half-assing it, no excuses.
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