Monday, December 26, 2011

Not a great end to 2011

There is always an up and down nature to endurance and running but gees.  This isn't a post for sympathy or anything but this is a diary for me.  I use this blog to remember what works and doesn't work.  I look back and learn.  I am wondering what I am feeling.  Truth is, I don't know.  The problems I am having are both mental and physical.  Mental trouble surrounds my thoughts of doubt.  Am I choosing goals that out of my ability?  Am I training appropriately if these goals are doable?  I thought that I recovered ok but my body feels worse now then a week after the marathon.  I didn't even go fast or long.  A few footwear mistakes and I am on the mend.  I cannot pinpoint the trouble though.  Is it calf?  Is posterior tib? Plantar fascia?  I don't know may be all of them.  I didn't run more or less than usual, I didn't have anything out of the norm.  Except may be running full time with sully.  He has been awfully impatient with me.  I don't know.  May be I need a break?  Back off running and focus on strengthening.  Change gears but keep running to stay cardio fit.  I don't feel fit or strong.  I am wondering if I should back off to the half at surf city.  Should I start triathlon training?  I don't know, I am just in a rut.  I need to get my nutrition discipline back.  I need to balance out the force moving through my body and I need to get my ass in gear.


Chuck said...

Hey Ron, Focus on the positives of 2011. You set new PR's in every distance! An awesome 2012 is just around the corner. A fun local 5K with your running buddies might be all you need. Happy New Year!

Karl Stutelberg said...

You are not the first runner to feel "in a rut." Keep plugging away. Chuck is right, sometimes a fast workout can turn things around. Sometimes an extra day off or a day on the bike or in the pool will help. Make sure you are getting good sleep and nutrition. Go on a group run with friends, change it up. Keep it fun.