If you can’t say anything nice…

Hi all! It’s been a VERY long time

I’d apologize but I think I was actually doing everyone a favor! Mama said ” If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” I’ve been abiding by that rule here on the blog.

Running has NOT been going well. I made a decision several weeks ago not to run the 50 mile race in September. I was out for a four hour training run one Saturday and realized that I needed to run three hours on Sunday too. That’s all fine and dandy but that’s seven hours. Seven hours I should be spending with my son and my husband who leaves for work as soon as I get back from a run. That’s almost as long as a work day! And it wasn’t just the time running. It was feeling so run down after that I couldn’t really have quality time with my son, my husband, or even the dog. I was too tired/sore to go any further than the backyard with Louie and even then I was petrified that he’d pull me off my feet because my body hurt so much I couldn’t keep control of him.

So I decided to do the 50k version of the race. Not much more than marathon training. Wouldn’t be bad. I had a six hour timed race set up for mid August and some great friends going with me. It would be a blast and based on how I did there I would decide about completing the 50k in September.

Well, the Sweltering Summer Six Hour came and I gave up after I hit 26.2 miles. I was done. Spent. I ran on a 0.335 mile loop for 4.5 hours and I was done. I begged asked Ruth to hang with me for the last hour and a half (or so) because I just needed someone to take my mind off of the mindless tedium and the pain. Pain in my knee, my feet, my whole body, etc.

I made up my mind that day. Ultra running is (sadly) not for me. I love running, I really do. But my heart isn’t into running for hours on end. It’s just not. I have decided to stay marathon ready from now on. I’ve run two half marathons and PR’d at both of them. I LOVE that distance. I can run a race pretty hard and still walk around the rest of the day.

It’s just so much better for me. Mentally and physically. And I’m happy…