Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My amazing machine

Feed me!!
First, I was honored to have tricked her have been asked to be a guest blogger on the mega-blog Endurance isn’t only Physical. Tricia is going through a rough patch and asked a favor to see if I could tell a bit about my ‘story’ through weight loss. I don’t talk about it a ton (or at all) but I used to be bigger. Like 45 pounds bigger…..or like “I basically lost a Calista Flockhart off of my body!” bigger. Head over to her blog to read all of the chunky details.

Anywhoo, some people say that their body is their temple. A machine that they use to perform not only the mindless tasks of the day (pooping) but also the machine that enables them to complete their endurance activities. (For me, it is mostly an amusement park. Built and designed for my own personal pleasure**) During the last of my three runs, I was reminded that, while our bodies are amazing machines we still suck and should get off our high horse because an ant can lift 800x its own body weight the smallest hiccup can throw a wrench into the best laid plans.

My hiccup? An infection and the fever it caused.

This little bug knocked me down for 3 runs and counting. Check out my entries on DailyMile (in picture form because I know I’d be too lazy to follow a link if I just linked to them):


As you can see, I have been struggling through my runs this week.  Not by the paces (which are relative to the goal) but by the little face that is sticking his tongue out and looking rather uncomfortable.  In fact, today I gave the proverbial bird to running and decided to give my legs and body a bit of a rest and push my schedule out a week. I’ll still get in the miles, but they will be better runs - not slog-fests like I am a hungover Paris Hilton. I’m staying flexible while still maintaining consistency (a theme in my guest post mentioned above).

Truth is, while I try to not let a group of crappy runs bother me, they always get into my head just a little bit. I have another marathon coming up in 6 weeks and have little time to lose to anything – be it fever, good TV on late at night, or even (and I can’t believe that I am saying this) having a hangover. I have to remember that yesterday is gone and tomorrow is another day. My body is indeed an amazing machine and it will start to put out quality runs eventually.  I just need to keep at it.  Keep fueling the fire.  To quote my favorite quote that I mentioned in my ABC post: Keep breathing, keep living, because tomorrow the sun will rise.......and who knows what the tide may bring in.

Does anyone else struggle with forgetting crappy runs and pushing the nagging voice out of your head? Instead of telling me to burn things, the little dude in mine is screaming that I am going to bonk…….and sometimes that is hard to block out.

**Like doing kegstands or riding on merry go rounds.

22 comments:

Nobel4Lit said...

Go ahead and fuel the fire... just don't lsiten to the leprachaun start them.

Kovas said...

Nope, you're on your own for this one. Get off your high horse. Your bad runs are still pretty amazing.

destinationathlete said...

I definitely have issues on forgetting the bad runs...and then I'm somewhat surprised when I have a good one! :) I think, with your base level of fitness and running, that one week off to recuperate and recover that you will be just fine - those quality runs will come back in no time!

(Though I do still slightly agree with Kovas....in that your bad runs are still pretty good! LOL - they are speed-wise to me, of course, but I'm sure to you they are all out craptacular!)

Deanna@MilesToRun said...

I absolutely loved your guest post on Tricia's blog. I have been following your blog for a few months, and it makes me laugh right out loud. But, I didn't know your "back story." I just assumed you were always super-speedy and had always ran. Your story was so very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

giraffy said...

I've been super discouraged lately. Blegh.

Jamoosh said...

Sadly, paris hilton never gets hungover - tolerance is too high...

Runners Fuel said...

I just got over a few ugly runs. They are still in my head, but I'm at the "happy" runs now. You'll be there soon!

Chad said...

Keep smiling, keep shining. Knowing you can always count on me, for sure.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

To The Non-Boring Runner: Great guest post on EIOP--you aways make me laugh and are an inspriation!

Hoping you feel better soon!

Morgan said...

Bad runs suck.

That is all. (But only because I wish I could run at all and I'm being poopy about it.)

Feel better soon buddy. :)

Jill said...

I guess this wouldn't be the best time to bring up my comment on your last post, would it?? :)

I had no idea you were 45 lbs heavier....I'm sure it didn't have anything to do with growing up in Iowa!

Luke said...

sorry to hear about the bug, i am sure you will bounce back. I like how you equate your weightloss, when people asked me I always say i have lost a decent size 8 year old.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Are you kidding? I love crappy runs. Too many good runs raises the bar too high and I have to start actually working for it.

Suza said...

"yesterday is dead and tomorrow is unborn. Stay in the present and enjoy it." Don't know if it's directly applicable to you at this moment, Adam, but it's something I heard today! hehe

The Sean said...

I hear that. I find a new run in a new place at the easiest possible effort usually does the trick for me:)

JessiePants said...

Sometimes it is mentally a bear to try and overcome a bummer of a run. Try to have good thoughts and hope that next week of running is GREAT! Stellar post by the way on Tricia's blog : )

Al's CL Reviews said...

Let me know how you over come that mentality. I'll try it.

Rose said...

In relation to a comment you left on SUAR's blog: My brother's theory on hydration is that carrying water is cheating. He also thinks that studying for tests is cheating, the Indian mafia controls the price of saffron, and that a person can survive drinking blood alone, so take that as you will.

Charlotte said...

"My body is an amusement park"!! That is my new favorite saying! Heading over to Tricia's now to read your whole story... super curious!

Spike said...

After a bad run, I just try to focus on my next run and to make it better. To the extent that my internal voice continues to be a problem I just hold a rolling-pin and threaten to bash my head in unless the voice stops. After two or three solid hits, everything gets dark and quiet. Success.

Andrew Opala said...

tide bring in? probably radioactivity from Japan

Glenn Jones said...

You gotta let what has happened pass. You don't drive your car forward by looking in the rear view mirror do you? If you do, all the more reason to not live in Phoenix!