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JUST ANOTHER HURDLE

JUST ANOTHER HURDLE

    So, Sunday's 7 miler was a complete and utter suckfest.

    1 mile out of 7 was decent. ONE MILE. The first mile. Then, shit got real. Yeah, it might have been super humid+hot out for 5:20 a.m., but the weather is just one factor. My messed up/non running friendly body is a the main factor that got in my way. And, no it wasn't just a mental struggle, but a physical one as well. It took everything I had to run 10+ minute mile paces...and that is a slow/recovery/up hill pace for me. Yet, mile after mile, I struggled immensely just to keep myself in motion.

    By some miracle, I only had to take two stops during my 1 hour 12 minute and 38 second run. Gel stop at the 4.5 mile mark, and an "OMG HOW THE F*** AM I GOING TO MAKE IT BACK TO THE GYM?!" stop at the 5.68 mile mark. I was miserable the majority of the time, yet stopping to walk or cutting the run short never seriously entered my mind. Sure, I may have wanted to a bunch of times, but it was never an option. Instead, I was calculating in my head just how much of an impact how far I ran would have on my weekly mileage total. All while doing my best to ignore the pain and pretend like I was used to running in this God awful weather.

    So, I did what any sane runner would do, I went to my chiropractor...after trying and failing to run without pain today.

    It is kind of a miracle that I actually sought medical advice/help so soon, considering I normally tough things out for a week or two before finally breaking down, taking time off, and getting readjusted. This is the umpteenth time this summer I have had to go to the chiropractor, so it's sorta just become the new normal for me. Probably something to do with all those 35-40 mile weeks with not a whole lot of tappering/lower mileage. What can I say, I love pain, and running for miles on end!

    Good news, I only have to take another two days (Tuesday+Wednesday) off from running. Bad news, I'm pretty much starting from scratch distance wise. I know, I know, 3 mile runs are nothing to scoff at. But, when you're used to running a minimum of 5 miles at a time, it's a tough pill to swallow. At the same time, I really want to do this whole recovery thing right, so if that means cutting back to 20 or so miles a week for awhile and slowly working my way back up distance wise...I can handle it. I might be a little bit bitchy and complain every step of the way, but it's really not the worst case scenario.

    When you think about it, I should have been jumping this hurdle like a good month ago. 

    At the time,though  I was so hyper focused on running that 13.1 mile race that I couldn't possibly fathom ONLY running 20-25 miles a week for any length of time. That is child's play. Amateur runner mileage. Not even close to enough miles to keep me happy/sane/my normal cheerful, energetic self. Now that I'm a month+ older, and not looking to run tackle that distance anytime soon, I can see how this approach makes total sense. I mean, those are the miles that I ran for a long time when I first got into running, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself (I also had like zero injury issues too). 

    I never thought I'd see the day where I again got excited about running 3 miles...but here we are. I'm not exactly sure what I will be doing route wise with this new training plan. Because, let's face it, running hills sucks a whole lot. And, when you only get 3 miles to pack all of your "fun" into, you gotta have as much fun as possible. I'm guessing this will mean altering my route a shit ton so the only hill I have to worry about is the mini hill by the rail road tracks. Yeah, the hills will suck doubly as much when I have to eventually add them back in, but at least these short runs will be more bearable.

    Only issue is falling on my face whist running streets in the dark that I have never ran in the dark before. Should be interesting for sure!

3 MILE RUN: TAKES ONE AND TWO

3 MILE RUN: TAKES ONE AND TWO

COME BACK...OR SET BACK?

COME BACK...OR SET BACK?