Around mile 13, as I was panting like a dog in heat.....waiting for the green light to turn red so I didn't feel bad for standing there...I got to thinking about the last time that I had ran over 10 or 12 miles. I knew it had been a while, probably too long. When I got back home, I dug out my running excel "log" and verified what I feared: Since June 26, I've ran over 12 miles a paltry 2 times. Opps!
Honestly, I can't help but feel I'm a bit like those competitive hotdog eaters on ESPN - hyper-focusing on a goal. They are the ones who eat 40 hotdogs in 30 seconds or something crazy. Their trick of massive mystery meat consumption is to dip each of the hotdogs in water to help them slide down their gullet faster. They focus entirely on one goal - eat meat "product" FAST. I can only assume that they will sit down to a fancy dinner and have to consciously force themselves to not start dipping their steak in their wine and not chewing their baked potato.
Runners, myself specifically, focus entirely on one goal or another. Go long....go fast...break a time goal...break a distance goal. While I can have multiple distance races on the calendar, I always have "THE RACE" I'm training for. All of my effort goes towards that one goal. This summer it was a sub 19 5K, this winter, it will be a sub 3:20 marathon.
This means I'm in a transition period. I'm still focusing on speed, but I need to start getting the long runs in. Honestly, I'm going to try to do both for a while, but eventually I will make the transition. Hopefully my body will hold up. But, if it doesn't, at least I can switch to dunking my morning FrootLoops in water...helps them slide down the gullet.
Do you ever feel guilty about focusing on one thing or goal so much *cough cough* running that you let other priorities slip *cough cough* personal hygiene?