October 17, 2014
I came into this interseason period with a burning feeling of failure and anger. Time and reassuring words from many dear running friends has help soothe my sore feelings after the Ottawa Army Run didn’t go as well as planned. And a little reality check has helped me refocus.
I’ve had a lot off time to think about what happened at Ottawa. I don’t think I was physically ready to do the half in under 2 hours, but I could have been closer than what happened. In addition to the plethora of excuses I laid bare in that post, I don’t think I was physically ready either. I had something on my mind that was really dragging me down (yes, it was about a girl. Isn’t it always?!). It was a personal life thing and I wasn’t strong enough mentally to block it out. Live and learn though.
I made a plan, and so far I’ve been pretty good about sticking to the mileage. It’s actually kinda tricky because 27 km feels like very little to me, but I know this gradual increase is a good thing. I haven’t gotten back into the Strength Training as I planned.
In the weeks following the race, I had lingering soreness in my right hip flexor. In a word, it was shot and I had trouble raising my right leg. That was especially dangerous for running because It really affected my form. I could feel that this wounded form was starting to trigger the posterior-tibial impingement that plauged me last year. It feels better now but I’m still trying to be really careful.
I’ve decided I’m not going to go for a PB at the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon. I’m just going to try to enjoy the run. And because of complications from work, I’m not going to do the CN Tower Stairclimb this fall. Maybe next year.
For the moment, I’m just focusing on training for the Niagara Falls Half-Marathon which I’m pacing next week. The pace is pretty slow, but I want to be sure I can hold it continuously for the whole 2 and a half hours.
On a general motivation note, every time I re-read this comic by Zen Pencils cheers me up too. The before and after pictures of the character in the comic really speaks to me, especially his runs in the rain at 5am.
I have started calling this inter-season training component “The Rebound.” It’s a chance for me to catch myself and build myself up again before the full-marathon season and the clinic I’m leading. More importantly, I’m letting go of these arbitrary resolutions and just trying to be happy. At the moment, after a running this involves a lot of evenings painting models or fooling around with home-made circuits, but that’s me, and I shouldn’t fight it or be embarrassed by it.
So, I raise a glass (of water) to happiness and rebounding happily and healthily.