"Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Keep moving forward!!!!

That's been my mantra for the past year or so. Just keep going and as i approach the Chicago marathon i realize.
...i'm not ready.

And even as i try to blame circumstances beyond my control, i realize i have lost a bit of my running mojo.

See, the little leg injury really started the ball rolling. The more i tried to force a good run, the more pain. The more pain the less i wanted to run.

The new job has taken control of every aspect of my life. And being an admitted obsessive/complusive, not as much time to run. Little excuses like it's too hot, i need to study, my leg hurts, i have to finish the Harry Potter book or my head will explode.....kept me of the not so beaten path of training....

Well, here i am....no much studying left for work....i finished the Harry Potter book (worth staying up 'till 4:00am to finish)...my leg seems fine...my weight is still the same as the end of the Bayshore Marathon.

No more excuses....well....one....after the Chicago Marathon i need to catch a plane to St Louis for another fun filled week of training (starting Monday at 8:00am)

Kind of a bummer, as i will not be able to truly enjoy the afterglow from a good run...better to scramble towards an airport and try to make a plane...yay!!

But, i run, and i figure any training plan is garbage now. Any thoughts for a BQ....gone. Can i finish...i don't know.

This is in no way a cry for pity or encouragement. It's just reality. i haven't properly trained and i know it. i hope in the next few weeks i can put on some decent mileage, take a shortened, but smart taper, and run 26.2.

It will be painful. It will be the hardest race i have ran. It may break me. i may not finish.

But, i will keep moving forward!!!!

congrats to my friend LISA and her fun run across the Mack Bridge.

Watching, or rather, hearing that Michigan lost Saturday meant nothing is respect to watching the extremely moving opening of the college football season through the eyes of VT students, and players. ESPN did a great job in not hyping the moment but letting the pregame just unfold for us. i truly believe nothing brings a campus together like a college football game. Additionally, the fact that Va Tech players enter the field to "Enter Sandman" is phenomenal!!!

Yesterday i ran 8.50 miles, longest run since the midnite 20.....this was more at my pace, at 7 miles the leg flared up a little.

thanks for reading, and understanding that i haven't had the time or motivation to keep up a running blog when i'm not really running.


Gknee said...

If you get up one more time than you fall you will make it through. -Chinese Proverb

Nitmos said...

The nice thing is that you can still enjoy the experience of the Chicago Marathon while running at any speed. In fact, you may just end up enjoying it more freed from the shackles of a time goal. You've got a lot going on. Make this marathon a purely fun run!

Anonymous said...


remember, running should be fun. Yeah, it is nice to go fast, but if you have a crazy busy and stressful fall, Chicago might just be another stepping stone to your BQ marathon, perhaps in the spring.

regardless, it will be a good experience.

Speaking of fun, I think I am going to have the folks at the Richmond marathon print "STEERS" on my bib number.

Also, I found this little gem on the web: http://commtechlab.msu.edu/Sites/aslweb/browser.htm

It is a sign language site. Click the "C" and scroll down to the word "cow" and watch the video of how to say "cow" (the same word as "steer" in sign language I have to imagine.

So next time you are in a race and you see the official photographers, give them the "STEERS" sign, especially when crossing the finish line.


Kim said...

Hang in there. I understand about letting life distract you from fitness, especially lately. All goals do not need to be accomplished yesterday or today. There will be time to BQ. You may need this time away from running so that when you come back to it, your passion will return.

And I thought this wasn't a running blog?!? Where's your politics, young man?

L*I*S*A said...


You are always welcome to pace me to a sub-5 hr. performance in the Windy City.

Consider it your civic duty, Rotarian.

Animal said...

Yup. If you're a runner, run because you like the way it feels, or because you like the fact that the exercise keeps the weight off. If you do it for time, then suddenly you've become a competitor, and then the "fun" part of it seems to have faded away...leastaways, that's how I feel about this kind of stuff.

Sounds like you need a getaway from all this...you should come up and watch me stress out about my fatherhood duties, you'd get a good feeling simply knowing that you're beyond this stage. ;-)

L*I*S*A said...

I think Animal put it best. Run for fun. Get your mind away from the time constraints. While I strive to improve, I have embraced my slowness. It's part of who I am.

Bottom line?

I lace up my shoes and get out there at every opportunity.

That makes me a RUNNER.