Well, another two weeks have come and gone, and I’m still trotting along for five miles at a time at an easy pace. I know I should be grateful that I still get to run at all, but I’m struggling to be content with just 25 miles a week. I’m working with a physical therapist to try to fix what’s wrong with my right hip (suspect that the TFL has a lot to do with it), and he is taking a pretty conservative, long-term approach to getting me back to full training mode. I still have two more weeks (at least!) of low mileage and no speed before we can consider ramping anything up. So the training logs might be a bit boring for the next month.
Ultimately, I want to be strong and healthy in April when it’s time to race Boston. But I have to admit I had my heart set on racing at least one 10k and one more 5k this summer/ fall. Nearly all of the races in Alaska take place in the summer, with the exception of a handful of races in September and early October. I had hoped to be at peak fitness going into the fall so I could bust out a few new PRs. I also wanted to squeeze in one more marathon before Boston. But none of that is going to happen. And it’s not the end of the world.
So I’m taking a cue from Pollyanna and playing “the glad game.” There’s much to be glad about too, as this break in training has yield several benefits:
- I was able to host my good friends for some extended Alaskan visits without the pressure of maintaining high mileage. It was nice to have the freedom to just hang out and not worry about a demanding training schedule.
- When my running was put on hold, it opened up some opportunities for me to cheer for my kids. My son raced the 10k I had originally planned on running, and floored me with his tenacity and grit. We definitely have a shared love of the finish line! And with all these easy runs, I’ve been able to bring my son or daughter along with me for a mile or two. Even my 7 year old is catching a bit of the running fever, and just finished her first 2k without stopping to walk!
- I am more focused than ever on the strength side of running. I tended to skip the strength and stretching when pressed for time during high mileage weeks, and have neglected cross training for far too long. With less running, that means more time for strength training and some much needed cross training.
- I better appreciate the “privilege” of racing, suffering and running my guts out. I even find myself wishing I could do a tempo run! Crazy, right? But I’ve realized (now that I can’t do it) how much I love working hard at running and seeing those results on the clock.
So, rather than bore you with a two week long list of “easy 5 miles, no watch”, how about I just share a few of my favorite photos from the past two weeks? And hopefully within a few more weeks I’ll have something more exciting to report and be back to hating tempos in no time!