Last week I did a baseline run with my running coach and it was GREAT for a first run of the season. It was also great for a couple of things that did not happen…I did not have to stop and pee 1/2 way through the run, and I ran the whole thing. (Having a professional coach and pooping out during a training session is probably one life’s most embarrassing moments…not to mention a waste of time and money for both runner and coach.)
Today I did a TERRIBLE run with that same coach. I had to stop TWICE for the bathroom. And I pooped out (bad choice of words) in between those two stops. I said at the end, “I’d feel better if you yelled at me.” He said not all training days can be the best day. Diplomatic, no? Such a waste of his time. So embarrassing.
Everything was the same — same shoes, same clothes, same time of day, etc. I don’t know what to say. Run more, I guess.
I certainly have to run longer between now and the 27th, when I have a leg of the Big Sur Marathon Relay to support. My 5-mile leg of the relay ends 2 miles from the bridge in the picture. But I’m going to continue on with my good friend Brian to run over this bridge at which point I’ll stop or continue or whatever.
In scheduling news, I did not get into the NYC Marathon. I decided not to go to Berlin. So, my “A” race this year will be the French Riveria Marathon on November 9th. Nice to Caan, along the Mediterranean. It’s completely flat except one big up hill and down hill in the middle of the course. My official goal is 5:59:59. I want to be thoughtful in races between now then (I said I’d run 14 races to be like Monica, and maybe I will, but maybe I won’t). I don’t need to run every thing that comes along. And I want to run them when I’m ready.
It’s interesting coming back from an injury. I, at least, want to be thoughtful about what I’m doing. I’d like to do all these things — running, swimming, now cycling — for years and years more. And I don’t need to do any one thing to the exclusion of others. So, I want to build running mileage knowing that I’m probably never going to try and go as far for as long as I did between 2012 and 2013. And taking a break between big races. And thinking about races coming up. Starting with Big Sur.