Thursday, March 14, 2013
It's Thursday, a work at home day and usually a day to run at lunch. Today, my leg is better than yesterday, but not good enough to run on.
On the lunch walk, I was able to sustain a 14 minute mile. The muscle in the thigh that made me stop running on Thursday was mostly silent, but my right calf is speaking up. Either the issue with the calf was masked by the more serious issue with the thigh or (more likely) adjustments to my gait to deal with the thigh annoyed the calf. Whatever. The calf will get better.
More troubling, the bad foot is worse than it has been. It's not terribly bad, and I could run a few paces; but I need it to get better. So . . . no running today. Probably none tomorrow, though I might see if I could squeeze in a short run in the eveing, *IF* the leg feels really close to normal.
That leads me to contemplating goals. The most important goal is to be able to run regularly. Taking a week off is frustrating, a month off is more frustrating. So when I'm able to run again, my current thinking is to come back slowly. It's unlikely that I can build to 13 miles by April 28 without re-injuring my right side. So I need to decide whether I'm going to trade down from the half marathon to the 5K again this year, or try to do the half with run/walk intervals. That decision doesn't have to be made until I pick up my packet, so I will have time to see how things go before then.
This will not be the last half marathon available to me; but it's the last one I'm going to sign up for three and a half months in advance. After this, I'm going to just run and let the mileage build naturally, if it will; or not build, if it won't. When and if the mileage builds up to over 10 miles naturally and sustainably, I'll start thinking about a half marathon again. If that doesn't happen, there are always 5K and 10K races that I could enter.
Of course, that assumes that the race is the important event. I don't think it particularly is, for me. Yeah, it's a nice social event and a point in time where I can see my results in a field. But I don't need to do one every month, and I don't need to travel to a race. I'm content with local races, and I'm content with two or three a year.
Maybe when I retire I can do more of them; but if organized races are going to mess up my ability to just run regularly, they aren't worth it.
Or at least, that's how I'm feeling today. The above opinions might change if I find myself running regularly and always feeling good the day after running.