One thing I dislike about winter running is peeing before I head out into the cold and then immediately feeling like I need to pee 5 minutes into my run. That cold-genital-feeling that permeates the rest of the run.
Last week was a pretty lousy running week. I broke my long standing goal of three times a week. First time in two years that I’ve not met that goal. :(
I only managed to hit the pavement twice and they were fairly small runs. Ugh. To be fair I had a lot going on, work, weddings, a run-in with my ex-gf that was stressing me out a little bit. But if I’m really honest, that’s all bullshit.
There’s always time and it’s always a choice to do this and NOT do that. Shit happens. I just have to regroup and start fresh this week. I also flaked on my core and sit-ups program. It was just a lousy week in general.
I’m hitting reset.
Did officials wait too long to cancel the New York City marathon?: Many of the runners who had descended on the city from all over the globe worked out their frustrations with a jog Saturday through Central Park, site of a finish line that will never be crossed. Some scrambled to rebook return flights. Others made sightseeing plans for the unexpected free time.
Whether from Europe, South America or elsewhere, their sentiment was the same. Sympathy for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Understanding of why city officials cancelled Sunday’s race. But bitterness that the decision was made Friday instead of earlier in the week, before they boarded planes. (Photos: Seth Wenig/The Associated Press, Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
I’m loving all the running talk happening over at the New York Times. Marathons, the city, the people, the health, recovery, etc. So much energy & passion for this sport and the way it unites people (for better or for worse). Loving it.
There has been much discussion this past week about whether or not the New York City Marathon (one of the largest marathons in North America) should be held in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
It has it’s PROS
- Unites the city for a common good: resilliance, inspiration, etc.
- Generates much needed income into a city that has struggled to get it’s economy up and running in the aftermath.
- What of the months of training, expenses, for the runners who planned for this event? (As a runner, I can relate to the fact that these things take lots of planning and coordination.)
- There are other priorities and resources spent on the race could be better focused on other more urgent recovery-based needs.
- It is too costly.
Yesterday a decision was made and the Marathon was cancelled. Personally, I feel conflicted about the entire issue. I can see both sides. But ultimately, I’m glad that they cancelled. It is after all, just a race. There will be others. And that city is still dealing with so much. The man-power and resources that would other-wise be spent on coordinating the race SHOULD be spent on helping people get back into their homes, getting power, fixing the transit system so that people can get back to work, resume some semblance of normality. To host the race while so many people are still struggling to eat, sleep, & work seems fairly insensitive.
Despite the controversy there are some positives to take away. Many of the runners who are already in the city have decided to use the trip to help volunteer and/or participate in other activities to help with the recovery. Basically, making the best of a bad situation.
Running without an iPhone was a bit of a delight this evening. Mostly as a result of my fear of getting caught in a rainstorm and damaging my phone, but also a little bit about getting away from all the gadgets and not worrying about my pace, distance, or time. To just be on the road and let my body take care of itself. My pace was reduced and the duration was a little longer than usual but that’s ok. It’s not always about the numbers (even though the numbers are fun), sometimes it’s just about the feel of your body, to enjoy that movement.
I do not normally run with music/headphones. I find them distracting and as I mostly run on country roads: I like to have all of my senses so as to not die by car or worse.
But occasionally I’ll find a closed running circuit and grab my iPod. Today was one of those days and there is something to be said for a fast-paced song setting an even faster pace run.
And yet despite how much I enjoyed my run this morning, I felt cut-off and isolated. It’s not something I do on any kind of a regular basis and I think this is largely because I feel so disconnected from the nature that surrounds me. I want to be able to listen to the birds chirping, the crunch of leaves, the sound of the snow as it strikes my wind-breaker. It’s far too easy to stay within yourself and miss out on the lovely bits of nature.
Any tips for someone wanting to start/try running with no actual experience doing it properly? I’m also accepting running pals. @p60m
Ms. Faith forwarded your question to me and I’ll use this blog to answer your questions.
I used the Couch to 5K program. Which is available here. It is a free program. You can easily print out the schedule and then check them off as you run through the program. There is also an app if you have access to a smartphone. But if you do not own one or are not interested in such a thing, all you need is a stopwatch and a pen.
The beauty of the program is that it’s a RUN/WALK method. It’s all about the slow-build-up. You run three times a week for a half hour.
Week 1, Day 1 - Five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. (Lather, Rinse, Repeat).
It sounds simple enough but if you’re anything like me when I started out, you’re probably out of shape and those 60 seconds of jogging are going to seem like an eternity. But if you stick with it, if you do it honestly: after 5 weeks you’ll stop caring about those walking intervals and find yourself looking forward to the running.
I didn’t have a smart phone when I started, so I just wrote the RUN/WALK schedule in pen on my wrist and carried a stop watch.
When I first started the program, I would run late in the afternoon behind my house at a seldom used baseball diamond. I was embarrassed about what I would look like while running. Images of a chubby guy sweating, huffing, & puffing. But, I quickly realized that no one really gives a crap about stuff like that, especially other runners/joggers you may encounter. There’s a sense of joy and wonder that is shared between other runners. It’s a kind of society that you feel proud to be a part of. We eagerly welcome anyone who is interested.
I apologize if this is overly long and rant-like but I get excited when I find out people are interested in this sport.
What’s important at the start is to be patient. You’re going to feel like you’re not really going anywhere. I felt very silly running and then walking with a stopwatch but it does pay off. You’re training your body, building stamina, learning how to breathe. It takes time, so don’t give up if you have a set-back or feel like you need to repeat a week. I repeated a few of the early weeks because I felt I wasn’t ready to step up into the longer running intervals.
And if you want a running buddy, hit me up. I’d be happy to go out for a light run/jog/walk with you.
Good luck and stay strong.
It doesn’t seem like it’s been 2 years. Two years since I lost the weight, changed my diet, & started down the road to a better more inspired lifestyle.
I’m still running. I’ve kept the weight off. I’m eating healthy. I’m happy with my body. I feel good. I look good. Every day, every step is a step in the right direction. It’s not perfect, it’s not easy, but it’s worth doing. I’ve said it all before and you’ve already read about it. There’s not much to say.
Do something. Or don’t. Find what makes you happy and find a way to keep on doing it. Enjoy the pavement.
I often have conversations in my head as my work day progresses. Usually it’s something like this:
- “I don’t feel good, fuck running.”
- “You know what..you’d probably feel better, just do it.”
- “Fuck that.
- “Ugh, I need a run, it’s been stressful today.”
- “I think the couch and video games will be just what I need tonight, running can wait another day.”
- “You’ve already run a ton this week, let yourself and your body relax, you deserve it.”