I am on my fifth day of non-running. I am coping reasonably well. But it is hard to think about another entire week of not running. I think it would be easy to not run if I wasn't signed up for a fairly big marathon in 13 weeks from now.
I have been doing my stretches every day, which have been interesting for me. I feel like a yoga dude. One of the important exercises that the PT told me to do are leg lifts for my glutues medius. It feels really funny to do them. It's like I am taping a Suzanne Somers exercise video.
One benefit of not running with the CARA group today was that I had extra time to paint my basement. I busted my arse all morning cleaning, organizing and painting. I feel like I accomplished a great task today.
When you are not running, I have found, you think more about what you want to achieve when you are running.I thought about the goal that I set with my New Year's plan to run a 3:05 in Chicago. Wow, that sounds fast. I know I can do it, but I will need to change a lot of things and increase my commitment from last year.
The other goal, one that is brand-new, is to run a 65 or more mile week in 2007. That is a new one. Some of the hardcores that I read about would laugh at that goal. But it is a serious challenge for me. My best ever weeks are in the mid-50's.
The other random thought relative to the fall marathon was about our plans for a family. Jen and I have been trying to conceive. She's away on a vacation right now with her mom (some quality time for the mother-daughter relationship). We're hoping to have good news this week. If she's pregnant, it is quite possible that the due date with coincide with the Chicago Marathon. Wouldn't that be interesting.
For Boston, I will run for fun. The real deal is in the fall. There are 38 weeks to the Chicago Marathon - with a little event called Boston in between. How's that for planning ahead?
The plan is to hold out from running for another entire week at least. We'll see if that holds...