Saturday, January 13, 2007

Not running increases thinking about running

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...

7 comments:

Bob said...

Hey Ryan, Hang in there with the not running. I was thinking and I am not sure about this but can't you run Boston Twice when you qualify in the Fall. Just a thought that maybe if this injury leaves you less prepared then your uber prepared self would like there is always next spring...

Good luck with the pregnancy thing. It took Amy and I a bit of time the first go around...........
............ whoops sorry I got lost in good memories. But before you know it you will have a rugrat climbing on you telling you the cookie monster is chasing him just like I do at this moment.

Run em down.

Tara said...

Ryan-You're almost there with your rest days...you can do it! And good luck for sure with the pregnancy thing. I am thinking we'll be in your shoes sometime this fall.....

Nicole said...

Glad to hear your got some painting done - that's always a bonus.
And, yoga is great, isn't it?

Recover well and you'll have those miles in no time!

yumke said...

"a little event called Boston"

sounds like a big year for you... all the best as you rest up and prepare for it!

Firefly's Running said...

Hang in there, Ryan. You are almost done. You can do it!

Tara said...

You still hanging in there? I could use your expert advise with my Shamrock Shuffle training plan...if you have the chance, check out my blog and let me know your thoughts!! Any news about the wifey? I'm sending baby dust your way!!!

Bapp said...

Do I hear the sound of running shoes stomping from the Land of Lincoln or is it just the ghost of the fastest runner in Illinois? Here is to hoping that you feel ok as you return to the running world.