Like most type-As, I’m extremely good at following a schedule, training plan, check list, whatever. Give me a regimen or instructions and I will follow it like a trained monkey.
For the first week after Richmond, I did absolutely no running in accordance with my usual two weeks no running post-marathon. I had no desire to run plus an interview to prep for, so it was all cool.
The second week after Richmond, I started to get a bit antsy and wanted to do some form of exercise. I went to SoulCycle (harder than I remembered) and ran a 8k Turkey Trot (a bit ambitious for first run back). I ran for 20 minutes yesterday it felt fine. I ran for 30 minutes today and it felt very labored.
Is this what out of shape is?
I’m not so good at “going by what my body allows.” My type-A side says to try 40 minutes tomorrow (see the pattern – 20, 30, 40). My body says take a break and make my next run Tuesday (in Portland! nature!). My mind tells me that I am lazy.
I’ve got a mind-body-soul discordance over here.
One thing I have decided to do which creates a definitive nice little check box is to go to the gym twice a week. Lift weights (little guys). Do core things. Pretend to be strong. Maybe get buff like Lesko and Fleshman. Probably not, but we can try.
I’ve made a goal to go to the gym 2x/week through the end of January and then back off to once a week from February through graduation (5/17/13, but who is counting). A checkbox a day keeps the doctor away, right?
For the record, I went to the gym on Wednesday and Saturday this week. Booyah.
Also, for the public record, I tried Rocktape for the first time. I put it on my calves after the Turkey Trot which had some gnarly hills and made my calves even more sore than they were from marathon/soulcycle/life/etc. It did, indeed, decrease my soreness as promised by its power to pull skin away from underlying tissues to increase bloodflow to the taped area. Pretty cool, huh?
So, that’s what’s up. My mind wants to run. My body isn’t really on board with the idea. I have to figure out how to deal with that. And, I’m attempting to become more of a gym go-er.
TELL ME: TRIED ROCKTAPE? HAVE ANY MED SCHOOL QUESTIONS (I ALWAYS WONDER WHAT PEOPLE’S PERCEPTIONS OF MED SCHOOL ARE)? STILL BREAKING POST FALL-MARATHON?
Until next time…