Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sorry for the lapse....I'm back at it.

"The Holidays".  They're great but they wreak havoc on your life and schedule.   It's been too long since I've made an entry here and I apologize.  The good news is that I've kept up my running and actually increased it.  2 weeks ago I hit 40 miles and last week I got up to 45, with a reduced long run of "only" 15 miles.  This week I'm hoping to get to 50 and if I keep everything the same and make the long run a 20 miler, I should be all set.  I got the 20 done last night.  It was my fourth 20 miler and by far the most comfortable.  I'm hoping that it's a result of increased training and conditioning, but I know how random fluctuations can impact my perception of a run.  Just as I have to accept having "off" days when I just can't get my legs to push me as far or as fast as I want, I have to allow for "on" days when things go better than they have a right to.  Knowing this is important so I don't give too much credit to my training.  It's too easy to pat myself on the back and tell myself that I'm doing great, when it really could just be a random thing.  The moral here is don't let an occaisional bad day get you down, and don't take too much credit for an ocaisional good day.  When you consistantly have better than expected days, you can take the credit, and then raise your expectations a bit.

As well as my running is going, my weight loss is not.  I really figured it would be easy to knock off 4 pounds in December and another 4 in January, and hit the starting line at 160 pounds.  On Dec. 1 I was at 168 pounds.  I learned that an extra pound will cost you about a minute in a marathon so I figured that was an easy way to take 5 - 10 minutes off my time.  It's now December 21 and I'm 3 weeks into my weight loss plan and I weigh 168, for a net loss of ZERO !!   I need to take it a little more seriously and it's only been about 10 days since I've started running more.  When I first started this thing, I wanted to not over do the running as I tend to get injurred easily and developing restraint is one of my prime goals in the endeavor.  I have a serious inability to show restraint and self control about a number of things.  Completing a marathon is an excercise in restraint for me.   I LOVE to run fast.  To really get up on the balls of your feet, and really let loose.  It feels good.   That is strictly verbotten in marathon training.  There is some speedwork involved but that is sort of reserved for the more advanced marathoners.  Us rookies are supposed to just run long slow miles, and lots of them.   I like the shorter distances because I can run them at 6.5 minute miles.  Now I'm supposed to be training at 9 - 10 minutes per mile and it's a real drag.   I set a rule that I was going to limit my  running to 4 days per week at the beginning of this and I have held true to that pretty well up until a short time ago.  I started to get really paranoid that I'm not getting enough miles in to be successful at this and have started getting the miles up.  There's only 5.5 weeks left and 3 of them will be during the taper phase so I'm hoping to keep adding miles for the next 2 or 3 weeks and then start to back off.  Hopefully I won't have any new pains or aches to worry about in that time and I'll be all set come Jan 29.  During last nights run I was fluctuation between "I feel strong and can do this" to "this is only 20 miles...how am I going to manage 26  arrrgghhhhh"    In case you haven't figured out yet, I'm somewhere between neurotic and psychotic.  I like to think it adds to my charm. My wife might not agree.

just don't stop running....

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