This morning I noticed that someone found my blog by searching “is blake running 2015.” That kind of cracks me up, but at least someone was curious. So yes, I am running in 2015 and training a boat load! I admit, after winning the ASICS LA Marathon USA title, I was wrecked physically and took 2 weeks off. I got back into things slowly and just planned to run two of my favorite road races- the Bloomsday 12k in Spokane, Washington in May and the Oakley Mini 10k in New York City the end of June. They both went really well, and I clocked faster times than I had in the past.
It was good timing before the craziness of summer hit. Man, summer is exhausting with kids. I was certainly one of those parents counting down the days until school started just to get back to a normal routine that I could count on. I had to bypass a couple of fun races I wanted to do because it was difficult to travel, but it’s all worked out. Since about July, I have been in all out marathon mode again getting ready for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon October 11th. I am just doing the 20k USA Championships in New Haven prior to it on Labor Day.
Last year I was 3rd in 20k Championships, and it was one of the most comfortable races I have ever run despite brutally hot temperatures. This year will be a bit different because I can’t afford to back down too much with the focus being on Chicago. It’s a great field, though, so I am looking forward to getting back out there against the best the USA has to offer. Good luck to everyone else in marathon mode. Go hard or go home!!!