Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tentative steps

Yup, I've at least started running somewhat regularly again, if not exactly following the schedule I made for myself.  Perhaps even better, I've managed to go running in Marin!  Granted, I called out sick (not sick at all!) to do it, but whatever, who's paying attention to the finer points?  Not me, not me.

I just got it in my head to take a "mental health day" and called out sick to work Saturday night.  I slept super late, like till 7pm, took myself out for a nice dinner, and then long about 10pm I laced up my sneaks, strapped on the lights, and took a jog through the Marin headlands.  I'm definitely getting the hang of running in the dark, which I started doing about a year ago (much to the unease of my friends).  This night, some of that unease (you can't run at night, it's dangerous!  you'll get attacked!  ahhh!) crept into usually oblivious me, and I kinda got a little freaked the first mile or two, thinking about people hanging out behind bushes just waiting, hoping . . . Esh, after that I didn't worry about it much and had myself a very slow, very chilly, but ultimately very satisfying 5 mile trail run.

I ran the next day, too, another new-to-me trail run near where I live there, through town and up a big mountain.  I kept it to just under 4 miles, but am glad to have found this spot (thanks, maps on my phone) as it eventually leads into the huge network of trails Marin has to offer, and is only about a mile of street running from my little room.

Two little runs, not much to crow about, but at least when I look back on February on my running calendar, there's actually some runs there.  Added to the week before, I've actually got some consistency there.  Huh.

And, yay, Pam!  Thanks for the comment!  Loving you, and thanks for sticking around!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Still breathing

Really, last year was not much of nothing in regards to running.  Beginning the year with a knee injury (ITBS, from running on a cambered road) to ending the year with a knee injury (patella-femoral syndrome, most likely, from moving 6 cubic yards of dirt in my yard), to lots of Crossfit in the middle, running just went pttthpp.  In the past 365, I've run 322 miles, according to Garmin.  That's not much milage for a used-to-be-self-described "ultrarunner".  And you know what?  I have not minded one little bit.  I've certainly stayed very active with Crossfit and occasional (VERY occasional) runs here and there.  I've trimmed down from a high of 158 pounds to my current (and current for over 6 months) weight of about 140.  The weightlifting has certainly made a difference to my body and my physical sense of myself, in a way that running never did.  I've been feeling fit fit fit.  I've thought about running, and then whooosh the thought is gone.  I carry my running bag each and every week to Marin, where it stays firmly stashed in the back of my car, never even unzipped.  I've just really lost . . . interest.

And yet.  I've not stopped entirely, and have averaged about 25-30 miles a month.  Yeah, not much.  And yet.  Every time (EVERY. TIME.) I go running, I'm happy.  Every time, I feel better after than I did before.  Every time, my mind feels a little calmer and I feel a little less insane.  Every time when I finish, I say to Tom (or at least think about saying) "Please remind me how good I feel right now."  Every time, I'm all, Look at me!  I can do this!  I strap on my shoes, my iPod, my Garmin and my hat and I am STILL (322 miles a year notwithstanding) a runner.  It took me forever to be able to run 3 miles, forEVER, and I'm so pleased that I still can.  Long before I became a runner, I dreamed of running.  I still remember these dreams, of running calmly and effortlessly and full of breath, dreaming this at a time when I couldn't have run a mile if you put a gun to my head.  I am not that person anymore, and know that I can run like that person in my dreams.  I can run like that today, and I can run like that tomorrow.  I still have it, and I still love it.  I've just drifted away a bit.

So today I sat down and made myself a proper running schedule, a 12-week build to a half marathon in May.  I'm not actually planning a race in May, mind you, but in the past have done so. much. better.  following an actual written schedule (It's Tuesday! Run 5 miles, your phone SAYS SO!) than just going out when I feel like it.  I'm scheduled to run 4 days a week, building up to a 40 mile week.  Once I'm there, who knows.  I might just stay there.  I may continue on to my ultimate goal of running a 50-miler.  I may just drift away again.  All I know is, hey readers!  I'm going to start running again!

And perhaps blogging will follow, though I can't imagine I've got any readers left.  If I do, and you're one, please leave a quick comment, even an anonymous one, because I now have absolutely no idea who might be left.

Am I back?  I'm not sure.  I might be!