Torpid - the word probably best describes my current state - benumbed works, as does phlegmatic (used in the pejorative); but torpid is hard to misunderstand. So, what's the problem?
After my numerous injuries last year, I decided to take some time off, drop all races from my schedule and just run easy for a while ... get back in shape ... and then ..............
Well, to hell with that idea. What was I thinking anyway? I'm a classic hyper-competitive boomer; with no focus, with no deadlines, with no consequences, I'm quickly slipping into my pre-running habits. My weight has ballooned up over 25 lbs, with all the attendant problems and my motivation has hit rock bottom.
So what am I to do?
1) Get off my ass and sign up for some races - The astute reader will note that I signed up for the Arizona Road Racers 5K Summer Series, 5 races for $20 - that's a hard deal to beat (of course they are all run in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area in the middle of the summer - but that only builds character - if you're not sweating, you're not having fun).
2) Get a plan - As much as this pains me to admit, I'm working my way through Cool Running's Couch to 5K plan. Yes, I know, I've run 2 sub-4hr marathons, several 30Ks, 20Ks, 1/2 marathons and more 10Ks than I can remember; but at 195 lbs, it's a brand new world for this body.
3) Cross training - Even though the mid-day temperatures are approaching 100F, I am keeping up my daily commutes to work. It's only 4.5 miles and I get there in around 20 minutes, but it's still 40 minutes of cross training I wasn't getting before. I'm also trying to fit in a 20 to 30 mile ride on the weekend. I'm still riding my mountain bike with beach-cruiser tires - so it takes a bit of work to push it along at 16 to 18 MPH - but that's the point, I think.
4) Stretching - Basic stretching after every run. Nothing too complicated, but it seems to be helping
5) Yoga - Not yet. I'd so very much like to say I'm doing this, but I'm not; just haven't found the time.
6) Improved diet - Good idea; just not happening, still eating like crap. More accurately, I'm eating too much. I don't like "fast food", but I'm eating too much.
7) Learning Spanish - I promised one of my employees in Mexico that I'd learn how to speak Spanish. She is getting tired of me pronouncing every Spanish word in French. I've got to get going on this; give me a month or two. If any of you are somewhat conversant in Spanish, let me know. One of the ways I improved my French was to write to friends in French. Even though I live 200 miles from the Mexican-US border, I don't have any friends that speak Spanish - that's just surreal.
8) Travel less - Yeah, right. I'm going to LA later this week and will be back in Redmond, Washington next week. I also hired another person in our Toronto office and I need to get up there to meet her. I promised her I'd be there in May.
GOOD NEWS (if not old news)
Three friends ran the Boston Marathon last week.
- Mike (St. Andrews, New Brunswick) - Mike has been one of my heroes for a long while. He is a few months younger than me and I constantly use him for NO EXCUSES motivation. He's my age and my height and lives in a climate that makes running a challenge for 4 to 5 months during the year; but manages to stay in great shape. He also has a wonderful family and seems to be able to balance the demands of family, work and running without going crazy.
- Jen (San Francisco, California) - Jen is an other inspirational figure in my running life. She writes an excellent blog and is always up beat - regardless of what happens. Never gets down and just gets better and better every year. She's a wonderful person.
- David (Phoenix, Arizona) - David doesn't have a blog. I know him through my running club. He is the volunteer coordinator for my club and spends more time taking photos during his marathons than anyone I've ever met. His photos from this year's Boston Marathon are located at this LINK.
Not so good news:
My buddy Mike from Tucson left the blog fold. Mike is, by a wide margin, the fastest marathoner I've ever met (2:37:32). Mike was the person who convinced me that I could run longer distances several years ago when I was stuck running 10Ks and worked with me to get me up to 26.2 miles (no small feat). We'll miss him.
Tale care. Thank you all for sticking with me.