Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fast or long?

"Oh baby, I'm not built for speed.....I'm built to go long!" -- Every male junior high cross country runner, ever.

Since throwing caution to the wind a few weeks back and deciding to suck it up and run on my injured knee, I've been on quite the endurance tear!  I'm running 2-3 times a week and am trying to get on the bike at least once or twice (usually once).  Now that I'm falling into somewhat of a routine, I can't help but ask myself: now what? Should I push my knee to its limits and see if I have another half or full marathon in me?  Should I focus less on distance and more on speed? Forget about goals and simply run for fitness? 

Right now I'm running 3-6 miles at my old long run pace, 7:30/mile. When I first started back at it, my pace was all over the place but I've fallen back into the comfortable rhythm of 8 miles per hour. The only difference is that while before I could sing the star spangled banner while running with Mariah Carey style gusto (and also with a Mariah Carey shaped ass, obviously), now it is all I can do to blurt out 3 word answers to my running buddy, Ryan.  But, I'm sure that if I keep at it I'll be belting out showtunes in no time at all.

But, moderate running success aside, I need a goal. On the one hand, I'm pretty certain that if I try to jump back into marathon training I'll hurt myself again.  On the other, I could probably train pretty successfully for 5K races with moderate but consistent mileage.  Quite honestly, I'm not sure what to do or where to take my running future. (Or, should it be a biking future?)

Hanging w/ my running buddy, Ryan
God I love "running"

While I know that I don't need to figure this all now, I'm a planner, so yes I do thank you very much. In all seriousness, I don't really need to figure it out for a few weeks, but it would be good to know if I should start looking at marathons again or if I should buy a pair of track cleats. I suppose if I go with the latter, I'll fit RIGHT in with all of the cross country boys and their sophomoric jokes!