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

Monday, July 9, 2012

I May Run Today

...but I probably won't race or repeat.

I really am struggling with allergies, asthma and heel problems. It's funny how at Afton, there were people I know well who wondered why they haven't seen me tearing up the races and there were people I don't know at all who know some odd personal things about me from this blog. My predictions for the race were pretty good; after seeing the results, the men's race looked obvious - funny how that happens. Race reports seem to be a little slow in coming this week.

When I found out my injuries were common to ballet dancers, I looked into what they do. Stretching, massage, ice; nothing special. They retire at 35. They have surgeries just to be able to walk at 50. Sounds familiar.

I've been thinking about a post here on race series. Is a good 1/2 marathon "worth" more than a good 5K? Is it better to be consistent and good, or to have one great race and a bunch of duds? Is it valuable to be good at a range of distances, or should one pick one distance and specialize? Does time matter at all when dealing with trail races, or just placing?

A few people are interested in my climbing exploits, but most don't see the point. If I can't run, I want to do something active, something difficult and something away from home; I want to do something that hasn't been done. By my birthday next month, I hope to be the first person to have climbed half of the 2000 foot ranked peaks in Minnesota (and half of the unranked named ones), the first to have climbed half of the 25 highest ranked peaks, and the second to have climbed half of the top 50 and half of all ranked peaks. I can do it with 9 more climbs.


Karen said...

I know all my personal values when it comes to racing series, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

sea legs girl said...

For what it's worth, I completely understand your interest in climbing the peaks! It makes sense as a substitute for running in terms of a physical challenge and an excuse to see new places.