Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Back Out There!

So after my little non-running break, I decided to get back on the old horse and run! We've had mild temps the past few days so I figured a little night running would be ok. I ran just under 3 miles on a pretty well lit out and back course. I did wear my trusty head lamp (I so heart that thing) for good measure, which definitely helped. My times sucked and I felt a little out of breath, but I'm still pleased. My knee felt good, which was my main reason for taking a break. I'm thinking of taking this weekend off skiing, which means a nice run with either my club who I have neglected or a new running store in town. Woo-hoo!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Did We Breakup?

Umm...I think I may have broken up with running, I didn't mean to and at first I thought I was just casually flirting with other activities, but now I think it's more like full on cheating....what would Dear Abby say? Am I an adulterer of the very sport that has sort of catapulted me into this whole fitness...well, thing I do? Gah! It's just so complicated. At first our early days were so so, then we hit the hot and heavy stage, then I got hurt and now the hurt is still lingering, so I needed a break, but now I feel guilty...and maybe a little I've resorted to cheating!

Ok, so here is the real story, I used to love running, got fast, tore my acl, got slow, then got fast again, then gained some weight, got slower and more annoyed, followed by knee pain, followed by frustration, followed by lots of yoga and no running (except for a mile here and there on the mill).

Now what? I'm in this in-between stage where I'm ready to get out there and hit the pavement, but I'm loving some of this other stuff more, and really, there are just so many hours in the day! So my grand plan is to.....just take it easy! What a concept! Winter is hard for me, between skiing and no light after work so instead of getting stressed, I'm going to roll with it. If I was sedentary, that would be a whole other story, but I'm eating right, spinning, doing some weight training, mixed in with easy running and lots of maybe cheating isn't so bad after all!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Umm...Not Sure What to Name This One...

I'm starting to miss not regularly running. It's been a little snowy and cold, plus I've been away, so it's been treadmill hell. I was up in Boston this past weekend, hoping maybe to run outside, but again, the weather held me back so I ran a bit on the 'mill. Oh, how I HATE the 'mill.

This weekend I'm off to VT to ski, so it looks like another run-free weekend. The following weekend I'm planing on a Sun run with an old group I used to run with, they do Tue night track workouts and a long Sun run...I've also decided to jump back on the Team in Training band wagon. They have a new group for alums called Team Deep Purple, sounds fun, I can train for multiple events and the fundraising is pretty low. So it's a win win!!

I think this winter, like the past few will be hard for me, but I'm determined to get as many runs in as possible. Trying to figure out a March race to keep me motivated, maybe a half somewhere not too far? I'm willing to travel, so I'll have to check out what's out there. I wish the NYC Half was not a lottery...