The past two weeks, something has changed with my running… in a good way.
It all started 3 weeks ago. I was complaining to TJ that my legs were shot and that I wasn’t even running much. On top of everything, my back was a mess. My right hip was hurting and I just couldn’t figure out what to do.
He reminded me that the hill runs I used to do would really help me and I hadn’t been doing them at all lately. So the next Monday he and I set out for a hill run in a neighborhood nearby. It has crazy hills. Some high, some long, but every stride in this neighborhood takes you up or down a hill. When we finished running all the streets, we had completed 8 miles of hills (and my longest run in months). I was shot. I had nothing left. BUT I finished all 8 miles.
Since then TJ, RS and I have run those hills each week. TJ and I have run them 3 time and RS twice. The impact has been nothing but phenomenal! I had one of the best months in January since my marathon in September of 2013 last month. The past two weeks I have run 41 miles each week. These two weeks combined are more then most months I’ve run since my marathon. I feel great. My legs are strong. Everything is beginning to click.
Now that I have had 2 high mileage weeks, I am taking this week and cutting back about 30%. My legs feel great, but they feel the pain of the past few weeks. The last thing I want now is the get hurt.
So I’ll run about 30 miles this week and then I’ll add 10% to my last couple week totals and up my mileage to 45 miles next week.
The great thing, is that I am not training for anything in particular. I was going to run a half marathon in March, but that isn’t going to happen. In a way, this is good. I’m running for me. I’m running because I want to. I’m running for the challenge and not to prepare for something. I can take this slow and do what ever I need to get back to where I was a couple years ago.
Don’t get me wrong. My goal is another marathon. But this time I want the strength, the ability. the grace to run it the best I can.
PS: My daughter has suffered greatly with Fibromyalgia. She had to quit work, she could barely move off the couch for a year. Now she has lost a lot of weight, is biking and getting back her life. This last week she ran with RS and me several times off and on during our runs. She is up to running almost 3 miles a day and is looking better then I’ve seen her in years. I can’t say how proud and excited I am for her and how humbled I am that God has given her the grace to “come back”!
Up to 41 miles each week? Wow!!! I clearly need to find a mountain, like Runner Girl said. Glad everything is clicking and that you are in such a good place. And so sorry for your daughter…fibromyalgia can be terrible, I’ve heard. Happy she is doing well too!
Thanks! Things are looking up. Yes, my daughter has had to claw back. It is amazing how far she has come. She still has pain, but she pushes past it as much as she can!!!
I had been wondering about you and wondering how you were doing. So glad to see that you are making yourself a mileage comeback and feeling good too! Congrats. And hearing about your daughter is such a wonderful story. Congrats to her as well. I hope that she continues to feel well and enjoy running as well as other activities.
Thank you! I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to write. Literally all I do is work, run and then going to bed. Nothing more. I have been keeping up with your blog though. Just sometimes I have time to read and sometimes now. 🙂 I thought about writing a post just about my daughter, but didn’t think I’d ever have time to do it. LOL
Good on you Tom and great news about your daughter!
Thanks. It is a huge thing for her (and for me). 🙂
That’s fantastic for both you and your daughter!
Thank you! I totally agree! 🙂
Excellente story I liked, regards from Guadalajara Mexico, very soon I´ll be in Boston marathon on april
Regards to Guadalajara! Great comment. Congratulations on Boston. I wish I had qualified.