Er….um….yeah…. Things have been pretty quiet around here. I generally like to follow the old adage of “if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.” So I guess I don’t have anything nice to say about running.
I’ve been racing for quite a few years in a row now. I guess I just thought I would take some time off after Ironman, then I’d be ease back into things and then I’d be back where I was before the race. The truth is it has been over two months and running sucks. I’m tired on runs. I’m nowhere near my pace from earlier in the year. Talk about a surprise.
Truthfully it is getting harder to accept too. Sure, in October I could say, “I’m still recovering so take it easy on yourself.” How long does it take to recover though? And why…oh why…did I sign up for the Goofy Challenge in January! On my last run on Tuesday (for 30 minutes) I wondered how I would run the Last Chance Half in less than two weeks, then continue to build to the Disney Marathon. A few friends suggested I run Last Chance for fun, but considering that there is nothing fun about running right now it didn’t sound all that appealing to me.
I talked with coach and we are switching things up. I sold my spot to Last Chance. I’m not giving up on running at all though! I feel behind the curve for marathon training, but I guess that is the good news about my Goofy Challenge entry. I have a bit of flexibility and I can train for the Disney Half instead. Building to a half marathon is definitely doable and hopefully I’ll be able to get back into form in time for that.
So there you go, that is the latest from me. If I had any advice to give people, it is to not underestimate how long it will take you to bounce back. Be patient with yourself. It will happen, just don’t push yourself!