December 15, 2008
hardly worth mentioning
training, that is. The novelty has definitely worn off, the honeymoon is over, and I'm in that phase where I'm horribly slow, I've developed a minor, annoying, secondary injury on the uninjured side, and did I mention I'm slow? I'm slow. Horribly.
For the past 3 weeks I've run just over 30mpw and crosstrained maybe 4.5 hours each week. The crosstraining has become dull. I've gained 4 or 5 pounds over the 4 months I wasn't running, and I feel them (actually, I feel them 2 or 3 times over) and imagine I am huge.
We've had amazingly good running weather this fall, and we're smack in the middle of our fabulous racing season, and I am sitting it all out. And yes, I am jealous of all the good race times I read about in the results, and the good fortune (and good training) of folks I know who are improving this year. I am in no shape to race and just have to have the patience to keep plodding away. But before I let myself dissolve into too much self-pity, I think about a running acquaintance of mine, a really fantastic runner who got injured about 3 years ago and hasn't raced since, despite lots and lots of training. I know that runner's probably reading race results with the same mixture of emotions I have. So it could always be worse, lots worse.
Posted by joe positive at December 15, 2008 10:39 AM
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Isn't it funny how 4-5 pounds feels like 30?
Sorry to hear you are in a running funk. At least you CAN run. You'll be back.
I am very jealous of your weather. We are scheduled to get another d@mn blizzard tonight.
Posted by: mindi at December 18, 2008 8:15 AM