Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Heat Is On

Um, hi.  Mother Nature? Can I talk to you for a second?  Ok, see, it's OCTOBER.  The leaves are starting to turn, the kids and I just put up all the Halloween decorations........ So why was it EIGHTY FREAKING DEGREES when I went on my run today????

Jeepers.  Bad enough I had shin pain, I really could have done without the heat, too, mmmkay?  


So, in case you haven't gathered, oh, blog reader, today's run pretty much sucked.  I actually walked most of it, lacking both the ability to ignore my shins, and the actual mojo to give a flying fig.  It was just all around dumb.  I've been told that it's "ok" because it's taper-time, and I had a great 12 mile run last weekend, I've done all my training, and therefore my race is going to rock, and blah blah blah.  While all of that may be true, I'd still like to be able to run a few miles without being in pain, but maybe I'm just asking too much. /snark

One good thing about wandering aimlessly down the trail today was that I was able to think.  Not that I don't think when I'm running, but truth be told, thinking is easier when I'm walking.  I'm less likely to trip on something or step on a squirrel.  (Speaking of which, do you have kamikaze squirrels where you are? I swear the ones here dart out in front of you on purpose)  Anyway.  I did some thinking.  Trying to decide what I want to do re: my running after next weekend's race.  

The sad truth is that I have no freaking clue.  But I did come up with a short term plan.  After I take a week (maybe less) off after my race, I'm going to do the following for the remainder of the month, and all of November: 

  • Monday - Rest
  • Tuesday - Short run with no watch
  • Wednesday - actually do some freaking strength training
  • Thursday - Hour long trail run
  • Friday - see Wednesday
  • Saturday - Medium length run with no watch
  • Sunday - Short trail run with no watch plus whatever I did on Wednesday and Friday
I'm hoping that this schedule (which I fully plan on making TOTALLY loosey-goosey with no pressure whatsoever) will allow me to do two things.  #1, Get used to running on trails so that I can actually sign up for some trail races, and #2, Get back to actually enjoying running, which  has been hit or miss lately.  Oh, and #3, I guess, would be to actually get in shape and possibly lose some of this weight I've gained back and maybe improve my running since being a weak ass fatty isn't quite cutting it.   

So.  We'll see.  For now, I'm just keeping my eye on "the prize," as it were.  7 days and a wake up till I'm Boston (and then on to VT) bound! 


  1. Just hang in there! I'm definitely excited to hear about your trail experiences!

    1. Thanks, me, too! A lof of my friends do these crazy ultras through all kinds of terrain, and I really want to try one some day... Figure I should start with the baby trails near me! =)

  2. Bummer on the shin pain - if you lay on your back with your legs up (feet to ceiling) and point and flex your feet (fast and slow) every day it helps strengthen shins.
    I bet after your race if you just run the way you feel you will really enjoy it!!!

    1. Oooh, I had not heard that one! I will for sure try it. Thanks! =)

  3. The heat is so tough after you've had a taste of cool fall weather. It's unseasonably hot here, too. Bummer on the bad run. I'm sure a good one is coming up soon!

    1. I know! Totally unfair that I hauled out all my jeans and sweaters and then, boom, it's hot again. =( Hopefully it'll cool off for both of us soon!


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