I've been pretty down in the dumps the last few months and as a result let one too many workouts slip away and one (five.... okay maybe ten) too many pounds pack on. The excuses aren't as important as to what snapped me out of the funk: a podcast.
Two Gomers Run for Their Lives is a running podcast about two normal mid pack guys who battle with the 20 pounds we all need to lose, watching a bit too much TV, and are generally as clueless as the next guy about how to go about running. (THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!) Lately, the podcasts had been less about running and more about life stuff and TV. Ultimately a listener called one of them out that he had totally stopped even caring about running and how he had a laundry list of excuses on why he wasn't active. Needless to say, the message was received and he immediately went out an ran 6 miles. Later the day I listened to it, I ran 5mi in the already miserable AZ heat - the first time I had ran (had run? did I mention the thing about the nuance of verbiage?) in over 6-8 weeks.
Oh god I was sore afterwards. You would have thought I had just ran a marathon with a sumo wrestler on my back. Turns out it was just a food baby in my muffin top. I honestly have been less sore after marathons. It was humbling. But, the speed was essentially still there (~7:30 pace), just not the endurance. I've since made sure to run 3x a week, 4-5 miles at a shot. So, not anything like I was before, but still running.
Completely unrelated kid pic from the baseball game on Saturday
Turns out I haven't been taking a lot of running pics
My knee still hurts like always, both during and after running. If I push too hard it hurts more and I'll wince as I stand up from
The plan now is to slowly build up my mileage to see if my knee explodes or if it will tolerate a few more miles.....and then explode.
Looking back, I'm not sure if it was the podcast that got me back into running again or if it was the gut-check that I was so terribly out of shape. The bigger question now is if I am "a marathoner" or if I am simply "someone who used to run marathons"? I guess maybe all of us get caught up in our own nuances of verbiage after all!
Another unrelated kid pic - he can ride is bike without help!