Why am I doing so much better this time around? Two obvious reasons:
- I'm not working. Getting plenty of sleep and not having any excuses to miss runs means I'm training more consistently and in a more relaxed fashion, and getting in the good post-run breakfasts and stretching I'd neglected in the past.
- I weigh 20 pounds less. Carrying around that much extra weight had to impact my abilities.
I still have a ways to go to equal or surpass my race times from 1998-2000, but I'm optimistic. I just hope I don't slack off this time around, either once I go back to regular employment or for any other reason. My health is too important.