Monday, January 16, 2012

Squandered my existence

After a 253 mile December I have basically been taking it easy.  Most playing solataire, scrabble, and chewing tobacco.  Time to fire up the engine and get running before I get zotted at Ice Age.  Been struggling lately with the concept of training versus running for enjoyment.  I'm not sure there is a middle position for me.  I would still get in around 50 a week, and probably run fairly well, but the problem is acceptance.  Always one more race, or year, or milestone.

Mentioned to Brother G I like beating people and he said, "It never gets old...does it."  Truer words were never spoken...or at least text.  I don't like this about me.  I'm not a diehard anymore, but it is a challenge that keeps me going out the door.  There is a point in training were it gets hard.  Not so much during, but the before and after.  Sore, tired, and short tempered is no way to go through life and it happens around 60+ a week.  After a 45 and 36 mile week I have more energy.  I get other stuff done.  Life doesn't seemed so...vacuum packed.

I'm sure this will pass. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Otto Maddox

Well, I'm going to break a rule tomorrow and run sick.  It is more in the category of get one more in before the bad part gets here.  Is it just me or do I always seem to be sick over the weekend?  Probably best, I hate laying around on work days and end up working anyway.

Not a bad year last year...2,272.7 miles.  That's about 43 a week.  I'll take it.  Recently I have been thinking of cutting back my yearly ultra total.  Thinking Ice Age and maybe a special event now and then.  I really don't enjoy running long much anymore.  Two hours is about all I want to tinker around with.  Wait, I only run 2-4 races a year of any length so why run?  Because I love it!

I still want to do a mountainous 100 venue.  Just get out there and amble along.  Breath in the air.  Suffer a little bit.  Beat the cut-offs.  Enjoy life.  No hurry, but hopefully in the next couple years.  Would like to go with some buddies, pals, hombres...legends. 

Doing the maintenenance miles.  Staying fit.  More of an update on this over the weekend.