Thursday, December 13, 2007


I have not run at all since the race on Saturday, unless you count chasing my cat around or running down to the end of the driveway to get the mail for the hell of it. By Tuesday night I felt full of energy and bouncing off the walls. A strange phenomenon after months of feeling like a slug much of my nonrunning time.

So, I am resetting my program here. It's a good thing. I need this. But what happens when I restart? Where do we go from here?

Contrary to an overly anxious post from a few weeks ago, I doubt there is a marathon in my near future. Hmm. I suppose I should just be honest. It's time to turn the page here. I can't pull the trigger for another training cycle because I want to do other things with my life that I can't do if I'm running all the time. That doesn't mean I'm quitting by any stretch, but I need to refocus my life onto other stuff for a while. Running needs to be the accessory to the outfit of the rest of my life. (Geez, there are a lot of really bad metaphors [and similes!] in this post already.)

And as I've suggested before, putting it on the back burner (another one!) is going to pose a challenge for me. I'm not a good balancer typically, especially with something that I love and want to get better at doing. The upshot is that I think I still can improve on my shorter race times quite a bit even if I limit my mileage to 40 mpw or so. I know I could do better if I ran more, but I have to remember to be patient. If I take a cycle or two off from hardcore heavy mileage training now, why couldn't I can come back with a vengeance later on? And heck, even if I took a few years off I could still comeback from that and prep for my masters career. But yeah, life requires this whole give and take, push and pull kind of thing. If you want to do more than one thing and do them right you have to focus and refocus and shuffle priorties around from time to time. Hey, did I just hear you say duh out there? Shut up! This is a novel concept to me! Heh.

Anyway, I hope you stick with me as I switch things up. Maybe it will be a drastic change around here, but I'm guessing probably not.

PS I forgot to mention two things. One I love the song Myriad Harbor by the New Pornographers. So happy and hopeful and sweet and reminds me of my dear sister finding her way as a new resident of NYC. The other thing was as mrp and I were walking through the ailing downtown mall on our way to work I noticed that over the old godiva store doorway was a sign for a new store called ... drumroll ... "Philanthropy." Fine name for a retail business, no?


Chelle said...

You've got so much time...really, stop worrying so much! Chill out, just enjoy the shorter stuff for a while. Enjoy being the new married lady. Plunge into some new project at work. Honestly, I think more than one marathon a year is bad for your health and I know I just can't mentally handle the intensity of the training or the race that often.

When the time is right you'll feel that itch to start pushing the mileage up again and a goal will magically appear on the horizon.

And what are you doing talking about taking time off until you're a masters runner?? That's like a million years away for you yet!

I haven't figured out a way to make blogger stop linking to my old blog yet, but I can still sign with the new one.

- Chelle

(old) ManRay said...

You might want to consider trying to run a marathon using the Hanson's training plan. There is not as much emphasis on the long run. There is a lot of MP work. The interval workouts are easy to handle. It might be fun to see what kind of marathon you could run off of 40 MPW training. With the PR's you've listed, you might be pleasantly surprised!

The Salty One said...

Chelle: Hmm. Maybe I was being just a wee bit dramatic there. Anyway, this is my first foray into being a non-obsessed runner. I appreciate all the advice as I make this sadly difficult adjustment :)

manray: Intriguing! Mrp told me all summer that the all the miles and hardwork I was putting in for my fall marathon training cycle would pay off for me months after the marathon. As much as I adore Tinman, I think that perhaps he got me to build this huge base to set the stage for something else. We shall see!

(old) ManRay said...

I've seen a lot of folks ride that wave of fitness for a long time after their marathon peak... and I agree that the huge/safe base is the best approach. You are young enough to experiment with all sorts of methods and you'll still be a kick butt master when you find yourself at a place in life where you can devote the time to mileage again. You have a great guide in Tinman. I agree that you can never have too many "safe miles" in your aerobic bank. The work you've done is going to be of benefit for years to come, you'll see.

Mindi said...

I like it. Good for you. Chill. Relax. Refocus. Come what may. It suits you well now and I think it will serve you very well down the road. Heh. I sound like a long winded fortune cookie!!