October 20, 2005
readier than I oughta be
This last bout of marathon training has been much different from previous training. In addition to 1) following a plan and 2) actually tapering for the race, I am 3) easing back (rather than hurling myself back) into running.
The day after the race I didn't run, as is my tradition. We did walk 4 or 5 miles around Baltimore, but it was just strollin' and helped loosen the legs a little. On Monday I was somehow more sore than on Sunday, and on the plane ride home, my middle toe developed the angriest bloodblister in the world. I've had bloddblisters before, but never anything like this. It ached and throbbed and gave shooting pains all night, and the pain was worse than the dislocated hip I had a few years ago. Tuesday morning it finally began to behave, and I ran a few miles. Yesterday the toe still looked like a vienna sausage, but it felt much better and I ran a few more slow fun miles.
This morning everything was fine. Nothing hurt: not toe, not calf, not shin, not a thing. I ran another few slow superfun miles, and now I'm sitting here at home a few hours after dental surgery, and my legs feel swell and all I want to do is go outside and run a little more. I won't, and I won't even run more than short stuff until Sunday, but that doesn't mean I don't want to. There's a 15K coming up in about a month, unless the little town gets pulled apart by Wilma, and 15K is my favorite distance, and I just cannot wait.
Someone recently made the comment that my marathon time Saturday wasn't worth the mileage I put in while training; in other words, if I can't run a fast marathon off 80mpw I oughta stop with the "high" mileage and accept my lot. That person may have a point, but the training wasn't (and isn't) a burden to me. I just like to run.
Posted by joe positive at October 20, 2005 2:30 PM
Regarding the comment that that particular someone made, I completely and totally disagree. That's all I have to say :-)
Posted by: Alison at October 20, 2005 6:32 PM
How could a runner make that kind of statement to another runner?
Posted by: Lilly at October 21, 2005 10:07 AM
I agree with the comments above. Elite or slow like myself we all run because its what we love. I have logged over a 1000km this year, does that mean because I will never finish near the front it was a waste of my time? I really doubt it.
Posted by: Dawn (aka Pink Lady) at October 22, 2005 8:25 PM