Sunday, 27 January 2008

Training for something!

Not sure just what yet, but I am training, and I am making progress.

Taking a month or two off of serious training seems to have some serious consequences. Yesterday I ran 6 miles and it kicked my ass! I spent the afternoon in bed - and then begged a friend to go to church with me so that I would have someone to lean on. A few short months ago, I was running 10 miles each Saturday morning and not giving it a thought. I can and will get back to that level of fitness....

This morning I ran 3 miles. I had words with a person who wouldn't put her dog on a leash. I stood by the sign that said "All Dogs Must Be Leashed". I thought she might notice. When I told her that I wanted her dog leashed, she was extremely apologetic which tends to make me feel like a big fat jerk, but really, what is so hard about putting your dog on a leash when you are in a park that requires that your dog be on a leash? And in defense of myself: I don't get bent out of shape if the dog is in the control of the human... but when a person is calling "Killer, Killer, come here Killer" and the dog doesn't come, it makes me untrusting that "Killer" is really a sweetheart who wouldn't EVER hurt ANYTHING!

So, on the way back, I crossed the road to the shady side of the street and ran where there are no dogs. However, there was ice, and I did fall. I thought it was interesting that the very first thing I did was press the stop button on my garmin. It is very important not to have extra time racking up when you are laying on the cold ice - not yet certain if you are injured. My knee hurt immediately, and my hands were scraped up, but I got up and ran away and I am fine... thankfully.

So I still don't know what race I am doing, but I am training! I ran 16 miles last week. That makes me happy. I ran only 21 miles in December, so I am getting back into the groove.

Oh, and last night I called an old friend... for some reason I remembered that it was his birthday. He told me what he is up to, and I told him what I am up to. I told him I am trying to train to run a marathon, and that I ran 2 half-marathons last year. The first thing he said was "Wow! You must be skinny!" I laughed and said "NO. I will never be skinny." I thought that was funny.

9 comments:

Wes said...

Never say NEVER!!! LOL!! Maybe marathons is your thing and you are waiting to be discovered :-)

Ouch on the ice slipping thingee. That really sux, and I don't blame you about the dog at all!!

Marcy said...

Ohhhhh Mary you are a TRUE runner that's for sure! You know how important it is to stop that baby mid fall! LOL You're so cute! I'm glad you're ok though :-)

Debbi said...

Glad you were okay to run home. Being stuck to the ice is no fun in winter. Heh.

Dogs are an occasional problem in my neck of the woods, and we don't have no stinkin' leash laws, unfortunately. I've learned to carry treats; that works better than rocks.

Jess said...

It can be hard to get back into a training routine, but you'll be surprised at how quickly your body adjusts and remembers what you demand of it.

ws said...

Clearly an accurate garmin is the most important thing. I think your conversation with the old friend was great...his reaction was far better than unsolicited advice that non-runners normally give.

J~mom said...

Glad you are back in your training routine again! I think you are skinny! It's all relative! :>)

Sue said...

Pleased your schedule is coming together - sorry to hear about your fall but glad you've got your priorities right!

Marathoner in Training said...

Mary, Go for the SD marathon. I am planning on running it also. We can push each other for the last half of the marathon. You can contact me for more info.

coty said...

I like the new picture!
Glad you made it home. Hope your not too sore today. The older we get & when we take some time off it takes us a little longer to get it back up there. So keep at it your doing great. :)