Epiphany!

So, in lieu of a book review (I am behind in my reading/reviewing due to an influx of school reading – booo! and trash reading – yay!), I am going to present to you my training epiphany.

Sunday morning, I skipped my trail run with the neighbor and just had brunch with her instead. While we were eating & chatting, I had a revelation about my training.

Part of this revelation started last week, when I was bemoaning my ability to get back into a regular workout schedule and suddenly realized that maybe it’s because I’d been a year without a regular workout schedule….

The rest of this epiphany was this:

It has been over a year since I have been able to run long distances regularly and without pain. It has been over a year since I’ve been able to put on my bike shoes and go for a ride without having to worry about foot pain. It has been over a year since I’ve been able to practice yoga without worry about foot pain and balance issues. It has been a year since I’ve run an official race, and over a year since I was in training for a race.

All of my PRs in 2009 were awesome, but why am I disappointed about not having a PR two years later when I haven’t trained for over a year?

Why am I trying to hard to come back so fast? I ran for two years before ever doing my first half marathon, and I ran for over three years before my first marathon. Yeah, I’m not a novice runner anymore, but I shouldn’t feel pressured to recover from foot surgery and immediately be able to run 10 miles again. I haven’t run anything over six since March 2010. It makes sense that it’s taking a while to build up.

Oh – and that shin pain last week? Maybe that’s what I get for trying to ramp up too fast.

My current plan had been – push, push, push – OW! Take a week off. Rinse. Repeat.

My new plan that I started this week – just a little push. Only the one. Do what I can. Keep all distances between 3-6 miles until I can comfortably and easily run 6 miles. Then, increase. All runs between 5-8. Then 7-10. Then, when I can go out and run 10 miles without wanting to die, I will schedule that half marathon.

This is not a race! Yeah, the doctor said I would be able to comfortably do a half marathon six months post surgery, but obviously he was a crack smoker.

Maybe I’m not pushing myself as hard as I could. Maybe I should be up to 10 miles by now, but I’m not. And I’m not interested in re-injuring myself.

So – my goals for April are to get myself back into the habit of regular training. Run three times/week, but not more than 6 miles for a couple of weeks. Once I can run five miles in a row without stopping and without pain (the next day), then I can increase my mileage.

In the meantime, I’ll just try to enjoy my time out on the trails, and not worry about how far or how fast I’m going…

 

 

Recent Comments

  • bobbi
    April 6, 2011 - 11:06 am ·

    I’m so glad you are taking it slow! Besides being super smart, you will enjoy running 100% more with no pressure on yoursef in the beginning. You haven’t been Damian-less for all that long…you’ll get there…

  • Alisa
    April 6, 2011 - 4:11 pm ·

    It’s hard because you and I are both type-A and we always want to be as good or better than we were yesterday.

    I am in favor of the new plan slowly build up. I think you have given me this advice MANY times =).

    Here’s to pain-free running and lots of mud on your shoes from here on out.

  • kristen
    April 8, 2011 - 7:13 am ·

    Great epiphany! I had this same one a couple of months back. My whole life improved. I can’t belive your dr. told you 6moths. And “comfortably”. People (I would say men, but I know a few women who would say the same thing) like that are annoying.

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