Musings on my running

Yesterday was my second run this week.  I got out Tuesday for 4.25 miles and another 4.2 yesterday.

I DID NOT WANT TO RUN WHEN I GOT HOME FROM WORK…

Sorry, did I say that too loud.

Work went well, but I was feeling quite tired.  I honestly think I am still feeling lag from my adventure in the snow last week.  But I knew what I had to do.  I got home, I went upstairs and got into my running clothes.  I put on my jacket.  I went out into the 40 degree cold with 20 mph wind and ran 4 miles.

I was glad that I did when it was over.  Also it was a fast run for me.  I ended at an 8:45 pace for 4.2 miles.  I was in pain somewhat with my hip.  I think when it is cold out, I hold my body tight and that isn’t good for either hip.

Last night I woke up with my good hip hurting.  Hmmm.  Will I ever just feel good running?  Maybe not.  I also wonder sometimes if I will ever get back to my 200 mile months.  I am not going to push it right now, but it has been a long time since I went up that high in my mileage.  If it weren’t for the snow last week I would have broken 100 miles for the first time since August.  Actually last month was double of any month since before my marathon.  So I can’t complain.

HOWEVER…

Thinking of running a marathon again, let alone qualifying for Boston is so far beyond me at this point that it is rather upsetting.

I guess I have to forget what is behind and push forward.  I have to see today, tomorrow and a year from now.  One day I will get back my mileage, I will run a marathon and, Lord willing, I’ll qualify for Boston.

IF NOT….

I am still a 51 year old man who has lost 100 lbs, and can run 6 days a week.

It could be worse.

Tom

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8 thoughts on “Musings on my running

  1. 40 degrees, even with wind, sounds heavenly to me.

    I think if you don’t ever attempt to do another marathon, you still have won. There is nothing at all wrong with shorter distances. In fact, after my marathons, I want to focus on shorter distances, like 10k (my current favorite race distance) and half marathons. Longer term, I think that’s where I want to be. As much as I’d like to run Boston (it’s my birth town), if I never qualify, I’ll be bummed but everything I’ve done to lead up to trying will be worth it even then.

    Of course, that’s easy for me to say having not run a marathon yet. But if like you said you like the feeling you have after running more than the actual running, doing the 26.2 seems masochistic!

    • It took me about 5 months to fully recover from the marathon, so it would be best to keep what I am doing right now. However a goal is a goal and it would also be my biggest achievement if I made it to Boston. I guess I’m a bit double minded right now. 🙂

  2. You definitely have the right perspective! Coming back from injury, much less injury plus the strain you put on your body with that marathon training, is mentally torturous. Hang in there…I know you will get back to where you want to be!

  3. Tom, good to see you’re still going out even when the conditions are dire. Tough stuff.
    Which is why we know you’ll make another marathon, hopefully with a BQ. It might take longer than you think because of your trials and tribulations, but won’t that make it all the sweeter when you get there?

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