I've decided to get back into running more seriously. At the end of October I ran the Silicon Valley Marathon and qualified for Boston with a time of 3:18 and change, a personal record or PR. The bad news is I'm behind schedule in training for Boston in April. I'm not aiming for a fast time (it's not like I'm going to win!) but I also don't want to hurt any more than I have to on race day.
So this morning I went out and ran intervals. It was cold and dark when I got to the track in Los Gatos. I ran intervals starting at 1200 meters (3 laps) descending by 200 meters each interval with 200 meters (half a lap) slow running (or in my case, crawling) in between. It's hard work. But it makes you tough.
As I was running I was thinking about my mom. Running intervals is hard work, but its easy compared to what my mom is going through. That gave me strength.