Thursday, February 26, 2009

In the 2 1/2 months I've been waiting around for my neurologist's appointment, I've run around 100 miles/month. Not much, but enough to be prepared to start building miles once I have a better fitness plan.

Thus far, I've been at around the same weight, which is good, and have been doing daily core and leg strengthening exercises. I don't see much in the way of results from these recommended lunges, crunches and recumbent stretches, but Rob-the PT says to do them until I get tested. So I do. After all, who's more compliant than yours truly?

I do not, however, believe Spring racing is on the docket, seeing that May is a cold 8 weeks away, and I haven't run long and hard in months. On the Feb/March cusp, it's a crisp 3*f outside, with cooling in the forecast.

A note to myself: don't leave the cold in December--holidays notwithstanding--it's too difficult to survive the next three months of brutal snow and wind. And I still have a month to go!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I'm choosing to run and train through the back and leg discomfort I've been fighting since last September. To me, it's more fun training to race than running for health. So, I'm starting to jack-up my treadmill runs so I might run a competitive race this spring.
I've only run an average of 80 miles per month since October. But I can and will soon do more. Sometime, I may need surgery on my back or legs, but it won't be due to excessive running. We'll see what the problem is, but in the meantime I'll train until I can do a competitive HM .

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

It's been awhile since I've had a real desire to write about my running. At this point, I'm waiting STILL for some testing to be done; I'm also beginning to run nearly daily again to rebuild the fitness.

It's difficult to run knowing something is wrong with a leg, but resting doesn't help and avoiding excessive mileage can keep me ready for the thaw--maybe 6 weeks out. After that, I can start to run and test myself. No marathons planned for the year, unless there's a magic bullet to the nerve troubles I've had. I ran through them last year...I just ran too far. Now, I'm strength training and stretching. I'll focus on the HM with 15 mile long runs and 45-50 mpw with more speed.

Chances are good this is my last winter living up here. There's no work for me and it's crazy cold here. But who knows?