A month or so ago, I thought I'd be able to train once the weather improved, but today was only the second time I've been able to run 3 miles this year without a major asthma attack, so there's not going to be any racing for me. I'm signed up for the Run for the Apples 5 Mile on October 18 and the Great Pumpkin Chase 10K on Oct. 25, but I probably won't do either.
I've tossed around the idea of one last run before retirement, but the general response has been, "Well, as long as it's what I've already planned, ends before 7 AM so I can spend the day with the kids and isn't more than 5 minutes away from my home." I still get friends asking me to join them to do 15-30 trail miles after months of my screaming at them that I can't do that any more. No one listens or cares, so I'm just not going to try any more.
The question for me has always been what to do in retirement, as I've never run for health or for social reasons, but to train to race (and when I've tried, I just don't bother after a few days). I think I can tolerate running for an hour five days per week - once I'm well enough to be able to run without an asthma attack - with two harder days including speed work.
4 days ago