Saturday, February 26, 2011

Losing it...and loving it

I've had zero motivation to exercise all week and, surprisingly, I'm completely ok with it. My right shin has been a little tender and I'm trying to baby it, yet I could certainly do cardio work or weights, but I'm choosing to do nothing and I'm ok with it.

Last year, the marathon was my excuse for why I didn't have a boyfriend and while I used that as my cop-out excuse, there is a certain truth to it. Spending time with people takes time, time that I just didn't have if I was serious about getting ready for a race. Saturday always meant breakfast, digest, hydrate, run. It took hours to get ready for a long run and I was repeating the process this year.

Then I met someone and we've been burning up the phone lines ever since. We hiked today and I'd so much rather do that than prepare for a long run. I've lost the compulsion to run, but I'm ok with it because I'm having fun.

Besides, I told my girl friend yesterday "It's only 13 miles, I can drag myself through that." And I believe I can. The time won't be great, but I fully believe I can drag myself through a half. Call it the power of denial :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The year of the race

A few great races have been announced recently, so I'm at six for the year. I think this is a good number and will be my limit.

Here they are, each with its own goal:

April 2, Martian half marathon
Goal: finish

April 16, mini indoor triathlon at the Downriver YMCA
Goal: win my age group

June 5, Dexter to Ann Arbor half marathon
Goal: two hours

July 30, Undy 500 5k This is a fundraiser to support colon cancer research and runners are encouraged to wear their undies. What a fun, crazy idea! Surely I can find a pair with Hello Kitty or something equally zany :)
Goal: have fun

October 16, Detroit marathon
Goal: destroy my 2010 time by at least two hours

October 30, Run through Hell on Halloween Eve
Goal: have fun, beat my brother :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

...and again.....

I saw today that the Run through Hell on Halloween will be repeated this year. What fun! It's being held on the day before, which just begs for a devil or an angel costume. I already told my brother I'm going to beat him. Despite my wretched cold in 2010, it was the most fun I've ever had at a race. I'll post pics of our silly half-@ss costumes in October!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The inertia problem

Last week I took off five days from exercising so I could get healthy. I haven't skipped that many consecutive days since 2008? 2007? Thankfully I'm back to about 97% healthy, but I'm having the absolute hardest time with inertia, the force that keeps moving objects in motion and stationary objects at rest. I took physics, all is fine. Well, except the object at rest has become me!

While in the midst of exercising 73 consecutive days, I always had the inertia to keep going, and the longer it went, the harder it was to justify skipping a day (although not being able to breathe is a pretty good reason to quit). I was running 5 days a week, and doing whatever else the other two. Once I stopped running, however, my body does NOT want to go back to it!!! My body likes being at rest!

Saturday was the first day back and I ellipticalled for an hour then biked another half. Sunday I ran outside. That was a debacle. I had overdressed, so I was sweating profusely and with the combination of first day outside and first day back from a cold, my breathing was seriously labored. It was awful! Yesterday I worked 12.5 hours.

So what's my excuse today? I don't have one, I'm just feeling lazy and it's so much easier to lounge in my sweats than it would be to hit the Y. But the race is upcoming. I need to slap myself upside the head and make it happen again. Do it! Get it done!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Here we go again - Part 2

My focus for the Martian is building the miles and running the whole race with relative ease. Immediately afterward (or three - four days later) I'm going to switch my focus to speed so I can establish a time at the Martian then destroy it at the Dexter-Ann Arbor half marathon in June. The summer will be spent NOT getting hurt so I can finish the Detroit full marathon two hours faster than in 2010. It's all mental and the more I run, the stronger my mind gets. See you all at the finish line!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Giving up after 73 days

I managed to exercise at least 30 minutes for the past 73 days, but it's over. I have my third cold since October and I'm just miserable. I can't breathe, and I get woozy walking 50 feet. Could I exercise? Sure, but why? I have no energy, I can't breathe, and I feel like I've been hit by a semi truck.

Had it been day 98 or 99 I would have sucked it up and gone, but there are still 27 days left. I can try again in the summer when I'm away from the germy students.

What a disappointment.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Something mind-bottling

I did six miles today and like last week when I did five, it was slow, but I managed the entire distance without any walking or stopping. I think today was actually a little faster per mile than last week. Every time I go over 3 miles, I'm completely baffled that I just ran 4 miles, or 5 or 6 or whatever. I generally think anyone can run 3 miles, but going beyond that is going into the realm of athletes. Serious athletes run 6 miles without dying, and I still don't see myself as a serious runner. So every time I finish a long-ish run, I'm darn impressed with myself and left wondering how in the world I just did it.

Something positive about today's run is that I feel great right now. In the spring, after I completed my first six mile run, I was full of energy and decided I was going to scrub the house from top to bottom. I was in line at Target with a cart full of cleaning supplies when it hit me like a ton of bricks that I did not feel well. I rushed home, laid on the couch in the fetal position and turned on the Tigers game. The only thought I could comprehend was "If I don't move, eventually I will feel better."

Today - thankfully - had none of that trauma. My shins are a little sore and my thighs chafed a bit, but all in all, I survived a solid hour of running and I'm none the worse for the wear. I also burned 919 calories in the process, so I can eat anything I want all night, but I don't want to drive with the snowy roads. What a waste of a thousand free calories :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The tortoise and the hare

On Sunday I had a 2-mile recovery run. I took my brother along and he hasn't run since Hell on Halloween, yet he was consistently leading me for the first 1.4 miles. I kept plodding along, one foot in front of the other, and eventually passed him to never look back.

Moral of the story? Just keep going, don't give up. I'm slow but I get it done my way. One step, two step. Don't give up.