I Run. It’s What I Do.

I think that when life gets really monotonous, I dread to blog about it. After all, how many blessed times can I tell you that I ran this week? One, two, seven? I suppose it depends on how many times I actually ran.

I could tell you where I ran, how far I ran, how fast I ran, or how cold it was. I could tell you what I wore, or didn’t wear, or how many toenails I lost. I could fill you in on what I ate before I ran, how I felt after I ran, or how I really didn’t want to run, but ran anyway. However, if you read my blog on a regular basis, you already know that when it comes right down to it, I run. It’s what I do.

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I’m getting ready to seriously start training for the Minneapolis Marathon, to take place on May 31st…just 2 days after I turn 49 years old. My goal? Egads…I’m not even sure I have formulated one yet. I have already qualified for Boston at the Twin Cities Marathon in October. For me, that was a mind boggling run and I could tell you right here and now that I don’t think I could duplicate it, if I took into account how I feel today. But, it is still 3 months away, and anything, quite literally, anything could happen.

I wouldn’t be lying if I said that I’d love nothing more than to do it in 3:29:59 or less. Far fetched? Maybe. Possible? Possibly. A realistic goal? Who knows. I think at this rate, the best I could do would be to go back to July of last year, when I began running again after the stress fracture, and use that running log from then until the marathon to base my training for this one. This would mean a rather lackadaisical start, with a steady increase through month two…with just a few runs over 16 miles the month before. This actually sounds kind of nice. Because, to be honest, I’m feeling whooped. And I don’t even know why.

Hard, cold, Minnesota pavement.

Hard, cold, Minnesota pavement.

Maybe it is the winter. It hasn’t been as bad as previous winters here in Minnesota, but it has been taxing. I’ve been using the Zero Runner a lot this winter. In retrospect, I didn’t have it last winter…but I did have the treadmill. And whether the treadmill ultimately had an impact in that stress fracture or not, the Zero runner provides well needed relief from pounding on the pavement. I’m quite certain that the pavement is much harder in the winter, too. Call me crazy…

My Zero Runner

My Zero Runner

I’ve been working on taking one day off of the run each week. Again, this hasn’t been easy, especially with the Zero Runner in the basement, but I’ve been accomplishing just that. With two weeks left in the month of February, I’m optimistic that a slow and easy start in training for this next marathon will be a well needed change come March. Hopefully, with that, the weather will warm up a bit as well.

In the meantime, I’ve signed up for some big runs. I only ran 2 before the Twin Cities marathon. This spring, I’m just a wee bit more optimistic that I’ll be able to handle more. If I can go into them with the mindset that they are just “training” runs, I should escape them injury free…and be able to finish out my training.

But, just in case you are interested, I did manage to get outside into the thick of it a few times this month. Each time, the temperatures struggled to get above zero. And each time, I struggled to make the best of it.

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Yes, life has gotten rather monotonous. So, why should I bother you with the boring details? Rest assured, I’m running. For that you can be certain.

Why? Because I am a runner, after all. I run. It’s what I do.

I'm a runner. It's what I do.

I’m a runner. It’s what I do.

Are your runs getting monotonous? How do you break it up?

One Response to I Run. It’s What I Do.

  1. My runs aren’t getting monotonous, but I’m sure tired of bundling up to run in the cold! Your goal for your marathon seems realistic for the way you pace yourself! And just think, next year, you’ll be in my AG. The number of women really drops off after 50. But the ones who remain are still pretty fast.

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