Bodies are funny things. I’ve been running 60ish miles per week for nearly 18 months. I get hurt and don’t run (but still bike) for 6 weeks and BLAM, it’s like I’m Forrest Gump with leg braces. Only difference is that I don’t like shrimp.
Thankfully, each run, my leg braces fall off bits and pieces more and I’m able to go further. But, because I’m pushing so hard to get to Boston with minimal risk of hurting myself, the discomfort (read: pain) is essentially staying the same as I jump up in mileage faster than I would like. This has led me to understand a few things about myself:
- Cross training helps, but it is no substitute for the pounding your legs take while actually running
- I'm as tired of thinking about the Boston marathon as you are reading about it
I musta drank me about 15 Dr peppers
- True fitness doesn’t fade fast – I’m never out of breath and can run basically the same paces as before. Sport specific leg strength does fade fast.
Running and pain are like peas and carrots
- I seriously need to make a runner checklist. I ran AGAIN without tape on my nipples. I'm pretty certain that if I were to hang out in a nudist colony for a few weeks I'd forget to put on clothes for months.
- I really wish I could grow a Forrest Style beard. Cripes, was he running for like 10 years?? No one else has a beard - couldn't he borrow one of their razors?
Ok, fine - maybe like half of those were just Forrest Gump quotes.
Also, over the Easter weekend I did something that I haven’t done for quite some time.
The Pemberton trail is a 15ish mile trail just on the edge of Phoenix. It is home to the Javalina 100 mile race where 150 or so
But, I couldn't run when I was out on the trail. You see, I ran 8 miles that morning so could barely walk when Lesley @ Racing It Off and I hiked. But, I was able to grunt, limp, and grit my way through 5 miles and get these little souvenirs as my prize. The trails hate me.
It was fun to hike, but it almost literally makes me nauseous to imagine running for 24 hours straight on the same trails. Give me 26.2 miles of sidewalk over 100 miles of trails any day!