Sunday, September 28, 2008

I Think I Need to Change the Name of My Blog To:

Philosophy of sitting on bags of ice watching movies and gaining weight.

Because that's all I've been able to do for the last two weeks. I did manage to get in my last long run. It called for 20 miles, but I only ran 18 to try to defray the possibility of exacerbating my injury. Nevertheless, I'm NOT healed. I am not in pain on a daily basis, but only when I run. It's not a "run through it pain," but a sharp freak-out pain.

I just don't know if Chi-Town is in the cards. I have TWO choices before me.

ONE: Don't run
TWO: Run, but give up ALL time dreams. This will require sitting out the last two weeks, making my sit-out time FOUR WEEKS prior to the race. This is a recipe for disaster.

Philosophy of Disappointment.
Philosophy of Patience.
Philosophy of Humility.
Philosophy of Mediocrity.

Philosophy of I think I'll eat a tub of Ben and Jerry's and cry myself to sleep.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sweet Little Lies...and Superwoman


Last year, before my first marathon, I honestly didn't know if I would finish. My goal was 5:30, so that I would have had an hour to hobble across the finish line (in case of injury). As the marathon approached, I secretly dreamed of finishing in under 5:00. I finished in 4:51. (This time would make a "real" marathoner depressed for weeks on end)

I think of that 80's song... (who sang that?)..."Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies..." This year, I've been fairly confident of my ability to improve that time. I've taken 2 minutes/ mile off of my average times last year, and as a result, here I am...injured just 2 weeks before the race. But another song comes to mind... "Lie to me, honey!"

I can't decide if I should lie to myself and say "you can still run faster if you just recover," or if I should tell myself the truth. "You're going to be lucky to finish."

I simultaneously love and hate the unknown. Chicago, you are my Arch-Nemesis! I will keep coming back for more until I beat you!!!! Maybe if I wore a super-woman outfit to run in, you would be intimidated into submission!!!!!! You may take me down in 2008, but I'll be back.... Moooaaaa-haaaa-haaa, haaa!!!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

YES!!!

We haven't had a frost yet. Therefore, I was able to eat another bug!!! If I could only reach that goal, at least one part of my training would be complete.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ten Reasons to Run a Marathon

10.) For Mom's...4-5 hours of alone time without having to lock yourself into the bathroom!
9.) Carrot Cake...eat as much as you like.
8.) Bonding with other runners.
7.) Hours of fun with kids riding bikes while you try to keep up.
6.) Because there's no diarreah like runner's diarreah.
5.) New shoes...every 3 months.
4.) Toxins? What are toxins? You sweat them all out.
3.) You have to run 26.2, but you get to go out of town.
2.) Free stuff at the Expo.
1.) Months of training = Grand fun on race day.

I'm feeling better... I've gotten in my miles...Chicago here we come!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Expectations

I love the book Great Expectations. LOVE. IT. In a nutshell... we have expectations for our life that don't always work out.

And I had an expectation of running a 4:30 marathon. Well, given my lack of serious training these last two weeks due to a strain/ pull/ tendinitis (what is it?).... I'm going to have to adjust my expectations. My new goal might be just to finish. OR, it might be to go cheer my hubbie on from the sidelines. He's lost 40 lbs, and has had a great time becoming his old, "fit" self. If my marathon training accomplished nothing else, this alone was worth it.

I'm supposed to run 20 this weekend, and I've been working on recovery strategies to be able to do that. I've had conflicting advice...run, don't run. Train, don't train. In the end, it's up to me.

All I can say is, if I can't run Chicago, I'm going to be forced to run another marathon in the late fall or Spring. I've been looking into triathlons. They look so much more fun. Better cross-training. My niece ran one and said it was easy compared to a marathon (tri's have varied distances, so I'm not talking about an Ironman race). I don't know, though...there's such a high experienced from running the race.

I'm reminded of Hebrews 12: 1 & 2 ... let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2fixing our eyes on Jesus...

I guess I like the idea of the finish line, of finishing strong by keeping my eye on the goal. Somehow, for me, finishing the marathon lets me know that everything ELSE in my life is going to be OKAY!

And THAT is a reasonable expectation.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Prevention VS. Progression



An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

These maxims are indeed words to live by...

Especially as a long-distance runner. Especially if you're nothing but a wannabe.

I don't have the luxury of being naturally athletic. I didn't accidentally find out that I enjoyed running. It has been a painstaking and deliberate process.

And I have learned, that prevention is as important as progression. To prevent injury, I've learned the importance of two things: 1) Ice Baths after long runs, and 2) New shoes at 250 miles.

So why would a mediocre 37 year old woman DARE to violate the big TWO??? Because she thinks she can "beat the system," "fly under the radar," or (laughingly) "muscle through it."

What??? What's that I feel??? WHAT??? No. This is NOT okay. Hamstring pull, Hamstring pull, go away, come again another day! AHH...the books are all right. An under trained runner is significantly more effective than an injured one.

I've ordered the shoes (too little too late?), compression shorts, and I'm applying ice. We'll see where we are in a few days.