The Running Slump.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. I am NOT a nutritionist. I am an athlete and a runner. And I like to look good and feel good. All of this information in these blog posts comes from my own personal experiences. It has worked for me. Consult your own physician before attempting any major life changes. Educate yourself first and foremost.
“You’re in a slump,” Ms. Demos said to me, about 3 weeks into our track and field season some 30+ years ago.
“Huh?” I responded.
“A slump. Haven’t you ever heard of a slump?”
I had not. All I knew is that everything was going wrong. My approach was completely off in the triple jump, I kept clobbering the hurdles during the hurdle events, and I had completely lost my edge in the 50 yard dash.
A slump? It felt more like the end of my track and field career. In fact, as it turned out, it was. I never returned to the sport after that, despite the fact that I broke a few high school records earlier that season.
Just two weeks ago, it seemed that history had repeated itself. Except this time, I’m 50, and this time my own common sense was telling me exactly what Ms. Demos had told me back in Junior High.
I’m in a slump.
But, this time the circumstances are completely different. I made the decision to avoid Minnesota’s brutal winter by completing the majority of my miles indoors. So, as I stepped outdoors to tackle a few miles in the abrupt January thaw, I was handed a lesson in futility. Why was I running fairly well on the treadmill, but outdoors, my running future seemed to be in jeopardy? What was happening to me? Why can’t I run? This is far worse than any “slump” I have ever experienced in the past.
What the hell was it?
Dejected yet again, and certain it was all crashing down around me, I buried myself in Charmed Running, trying to keep my mind off the terrible outdoor runs that had just occured. I had no explanation. And I had no idea what to do next.
Clearly, something had to give. Something had to change. What was it? What do I have control over that could possible get me back on the road to running?
Looking from the outside in, not a whole lot. The most obvious thing could be my sneakers. Maybe I needed a change from the barefoot running I have been doing on the treadmill. Perhaps the Vibrams weren’t as good of a thing as I thought. And perhaps, running in my Newton Fate’s outdoors wasn’t cutting it, either. Right now, new running shoes are out of the question. But I do have a few pairs of Brooks Launch 4 in my arsenal that the company sent to me a year or so ago to test drive. Maybe I need to change it up.
At the same time, perhaps the fact that I had been feeling like crap, both mentally and physically, were taking a serious toll on my running. Actually, it was taking a serious toll on my workouts, too. Despite the fact that I never quit, and I still got up to tackle my workouts, there was little love involved. My brain churned up 101 excuses NOT to get down into the basement to get it done. And despite my commitment to my daily workout, my weight was still creeping up and taking it’s toll on my running.
The start of the New Year also brought about the start of some new podcasts that I stumbled upon while running on the treadmill. One of which, a podcast about fasting and health, involves both Jimmy Moore, of Livin’ La Vida Low Carb fame, and Dr. Jason Fung, a Toronto based Neprologist. The first podcast of the series had me literally floored, so much so, that I listened to it twice, and immediately found the facebook group which follows along with the recommendations in the book, The Complete Guide to Fasting.
The whole idea of fasting sounded completely ludicrous, yet I have to admit, at the same time, so intriguing. Maybe I should just try it. Maybe my body is so toxic right now, that cleansing it of everything both physically and mentally is what I need. I have nothing to lose, yet so much to gain.
Let’s just say that I wish I had this book in my hands before I allowed myself to get as low as I had.
What I’m going to tell you next will shock you. Whether you believe me or not, well…that will be up to you to decide.
Do you believe in miracles?
I didn’t either. Until I stopped eating…
Yup. STOPPED eating and started healing.
To be continued…