Saturday, January 23, 2016

Why It Doesn't Matter that I Didn't Run a Half Marathon this Fall

In August, I signed up for a 10-week half-marathon training course with the goal of running my first half-marathon at Marathon on the Mountain in November.

A week before my race, I had such severe foot pain that I caved in and saw a podiatrist.

Rode my bike on the trainer with my cast
on. Don't tell my doctor.
Bad idea.

He put me in a soft cast for a few weeks to make me rest it. Bye-bye half marathon.

Of course I was disappointed, but I felt like I got so much out of the training course that it didn’t matter that I wasn’t able to compete in that particular half-marathon. It’s not like I was going to win it, and there will be plenty of other half marathons in the future.

The training course kept my workouts regimented through the end of summer / early fall and kept me sane at a time when I started a new job that required me to sit for 8 hours a day. Knowing I had to go run after work, even if I was tired, helped me make it through my day. Having other fun, motivated people to run with definitely helped, too.

By the time I got out of the cast, the holiday season was upon us and I never quite got back into a workout routine.

Now, finally, weeks after the cast came off, I’ve signed up for a TRX class at the Y that kicks my ass twice a week, so now this is what I look forward to while I’m sitting on that same ass for 8 hours a day.

This is a good kick-off into competition season: swim meets and train runs coming up in March and
April, with more open water swims and triathlons to follow throughout the spring and summer. Time to get into and stick with an exercise schedule.

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