The Weather Gods Have Spoken

May snow

It seems fitting, that me…being a meteorologist…who loves any kind of weather…and lives in Minnesota…would be dealt the hand of the never ending winter in the year she chose to run her first marathon. I could look at it as being cursed, or perhaps as pay back for something I did in my past. But perhaps it goes way deeper than that.

In all honesty, I’ve been pretty burned out. I’ve been having some issues with tight calves, which I believe falls in failing form. I also have a strained left hammie, which is more than annoying. It feels similar to an injury I had at this exact same time two years ago that kept me from running for 6 weeks. This time, it isn’t as intense, but it is still present.

I ran Saturday at the Get In Gear and I was very pleased with that run. It was a course PR for me. I beat last year by 4 minutes. And the weather was glorious!

In the meantime, it has gone back downhill. I already committed myself to a half marathon next weekend. I PR’d this last year and would love to have the opportunity to beat that time. But, facing reality means facing the weather Gods and more. It will likely not happen. I’m not saying it will not happen, because anything can happen, and I may just surprise myself. But I don’t plan to push it. I really, sincerely, want to be healthy enough to run this marathon in June.

Thus far this week, I have done no heavy marathon training. I’ve been playing the aches and pains by ear…choosing and calculating my steps. I managed an 8-mile treadmill (thanks to the weather Gods) walk/run yesterday at a 9:15 pace during the run. This felt good and doable. And I iced and applied heat to my hammie last night. This too, feels much better today.

Yes, much of my training thus far has been on the treadmill. And this could very well be contributing to the injuries. But, I’m not going to sweat it. Instead, I’ll listen to the weather Gods and I’ll take this as a sign that I need to back off.

As I type this, it is snowing again. It is May 3. Spirits here are low…and not just mine. But instead of uttering 4-letter expletives, I’ll embrace it as a timely message directed right at me. Besides, what else could I possibly do?

Has your gut ever told you to do something? Did you follow it?


4 Responses to The Weather Gods Have Spoken

  1. Lael says:

    This weather is driving me nuts! It was snowing on Monday. Now its 17C. It really does get a person down. I am SO moving to the West Coast to retire. The thought of running outside year round is thrilling.

    • Oh, I hear ya, Lael…enough is enough already. Spring can come anytime now…

      I’d LOVE to move somewhere warmer myself. This winter may help my plight. We shall see!

  2. Ima Mosier says:

    We even had a cold day in Texas yesterday (for May in Texas). Hang in there.

  3. Jenny says:

    You are a better woman than I!!!!! 🙂 I would die of boredom doing 8 miles on a treadmill! Glad I found your blog!!

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