Running on Empty

Whooped, bushwhacked, exhausted, worn out, weary, dog-tired, drained, spent. How many words can I use to describe how I feel? I know one thing, I’m not as young as I’d like to believe. Running a PR marathon and a PR half marathon in back to back weekends has either proved I’m a gifted athlete or an idiot. I tend to believe the latter.

I’m achy and tired, sad and happy, relieved and proud all at the same time. I knew October would be a crazy busy running month, but if I weren’t so anal about running as fast as I can, I’d probably have a different story to tell right now.

HalfFanatic

I’m gonna run a half marathon on Saturday just so I can qualify for the Half Fanatics. How frivolous. That is what my sister, the Petite Pacer, would tell me.

Of course, I could tell you now that I don’t care how fast I run it, just as long as I cross the finish line. This would make me a Neptune in two ways:

NEPTUNE


2 Half Marathons within a 16 day time frame.

3 Half Marathons within a 90 day time frame.

Women Rock was August 29th. Belle Plaine was October 11th, and the Monster Dash would be October 25th.

And why am I doing this? To say I can? To say I did? To say “I can’t get out of bed…what the hell was I thinking?”

Monster Dash Bling

Monster Dash Bling

But the reality is that the Monster Dash Half Marathon is a net 400 ft. downhill…and an amazing opportunity to PR at that distance. In order to do that, I have to really rest this week. It actually hasn’t been that hard because I’m so whooped. And because of this, it means I probably have a slim chance at running a PR race regardless.

Still, I have to be proud at what I did accomplish this October. A Marathon PR and a Boston qualifying run, with a 3:30:14 followed by a Half Marathon PR on a difficult, hilly course with a 1:38:29. I should be grateful…correction…I am grateful. I’m just whooped.

Training has been slow going since. I’ve pulled out a few longer runs, but paid for them later in the day. I always wake up feeling pretty spry again, but by mid afternoon, my muscles are reminding me that I’m 18 months shy of 50 years old. (((((sigh)))))

October Training

October Training

Looking at my Dailymiles stats, after the 11th, it’s safer to say “October Recovery” rather than “October Training”.  I pulled Thursday’s 10-miler out of  my butt, just because the weather has been so damn nice in Minnesota. It is very hard not to get outside.

Today, I took a walk with my dogs and jogged a few laps. I don’t expect to do too much more this week. I’ll be happy when Saturday is over. Then I can hang my shoes on a very turbulent, exciting, yet rather successful running season…and a well deserved break.

The following week, I’ll have a little out-patient surgery which will mean a forced rest period and time to gather myself together and plan 2015. I’d really like to try for Chicago next year with my sister, if she’ll join me, but I’d love to do something earlier in the spring. After all, I am what I am. (An idiot? Arguable…)

Yeah, I was thinking more along the lines…of…a runner.

 Have you run your final race of 2014 yet? If not, what is left for you to do?

2 Responses to Running on Empty

  1. Sam says:

    Awesome article Theresa. You’re not an idiot. You’re a FREAKISHLY gifted athlete. Rock on!

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