Friday, March 25, 2011

I am a whimp

This post is to out myself as a wannabe runner, a whimp and a looser.

Following last weeks amazing weather, I collapsed mentally when we suddenly got over 6 inches of fresh snow on Wednesday. I did not run that day. Yesterday, I ran 14km in the slush wearing my trail shoes even though I ran in the city. It wasn't horrible, but it sure wasn't great. Today, it's sunny but below freezing with some wind. I tried to go out but I could not do it. I went outside and came back in, swearing like a sailor.

I'm exposed as the fraud that I am. Fair weather runner.

The worst thing is, I don't have any booze in the house and I don't want to go out. 'Cause it's focking freezing. The humanity...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Planning

I'm on week 2 of my return to running. Last week I finally got the "all clear" from the doctor, confirming that the nodule they removed was not cancerous so I get to keep the other half of my thyroid. That's excellent news indeed. Scar doesn't look too bad. My energy level seems about right for someone who only thinks he's in shape. I wore my HR monitor on a few runs, and I now know better.

I decided not to go for the safety pin look. 

On Tuesday, I pulled my name from the Massanutten waiting list. There's just no way I can be ready to run a 100 miler by mid-May, let alone a hard one like that. This gives me 13 weeks to get ready for Mohican, which should be doable. Last week I ran 50% of my pre-break weekly volume, this week I will run 75% and next week I actually start training. I signed up for the 52K distance at Seaton last week. My plan there is to run SLOWER than last year. I will also run PYP a few weeks later although I haven't signed up yet. My big unknown this Spring is what to do about Sulphur Springs. It's only a few weeks before Mohican so I don't want to run the 50 miler, where I might be tempted to run too fast. The two options I'm looking at are running the 50k or pacing someone. If you need a pacer let me know.

The rest of the Summer is wide open. I'm probably going to run most of the OUS races, with a few exceptions. I'm still unclear about Haliburton. I wouldn't mind running the 100M but I'm still planning to run the r2r2r at the Grand Canyon in the Fall and I'm not sure I can do both. There's time, so I'll keep puzzling about this.

The weather has suddenly taken a turn for the better and running is much more fun.

It's running season!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Back on the Road

Got my stitches taken out on Tuesday. The incision was still quite swollen and tender so I didn't go out yesterday but today I decided to go out for an easy 30 minute. It felt good despite the cold. I felt as I would expect after 2 weeks without running, half of which was under the effects of pretty good drugs painkillers. I did feel some pain but it was ok. My energy level was good. My only problem right now is that I sleep like shit. Ever since I stopped the medication, I keep waking up very tensed until finally it gets better around 3am. I'm not sure if this is a side-effect of the operation or maybe just because I went to bed medicated for close to a week. This will hopefully subside over the next few days.

Any-hoot, I'm running!