"There's only one hard and fast rule in running: sometimes you have to run one hard and fast."

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day one of starting over... again

I came up with some vague idea of a goal I'd like to attain in running, now that gnomish geezer decrepitude has set in and then I started doing what I enjoy: obsessing over details of how to get there. I found myself saying I had to do this and I had to do that and I really needed to work on these things... when common sense struck.

What I needed to do is stop thinking about it and actually go out and run.

I can't go far without pain, I can't go fast without pain, but I can do more than sit and complain about it. The plan is to do what I hate - run twice a day - because I can do it. Fifty minutes, twice a day, and I'd be doing more than 70 miles per week (and doing a lot of laundry, as well).

I went out and ran 6 miles in 51 minutes last night. I got pelted with nickel-sized hail in the last mile, which just goes to prove that NOTHING - EVER - is going to be easy.

This morning, I woke up sneezing, with a runny nose, so I took an antihistamine and dragged my poor drugged-into-somnambulation body out the door and did 5 miles in 50 minutes, shuffling on tiptoe the first mile as the stiffness in my achilles tendons slowly lifted.

Day one is in the books.


Mike Russell said...

You are on tough sucker. What a smart way to engineer around the problem -- two a day workouts.

PiccolaPineCone said...

i cut my laundry down by half this year by wearing each running outfit for 2-3 runs before washing. after running i would hang on the line until dry and then re-use. i didn't make any friends but i did way less laundry.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Well, day one down and many more to come, right?

I wish I could do what PiccolaPineCone does but Teh 'Bride won't even let me put my post-run clothes in the hamper - I have to toss them straight down into the basement so Teh Stink doesn't asphyxiate anyone.

You can consider yourself tagged. I don't usually do these things either, but I guess with this one it just gave me the excuse I needed to write about Frank.

And I didn't see NeilZ's tag till this morning, just as I was about to go for my run. Upshot - wrote that post instead of running today.

And YOU ran twice today. So it sounds like a good start to me; but if you start gauging your progress using mine as a yardstick ... well, then, you're REALLY deep in the ca-ca.

sea legs girl said...

Why run twice a day if you hate it?

Ross said...

I'm with SLG. That doesn't sound very sustainable.

mizuno wave said...

I had fun reading your blog! :)