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Average Jane Isn’t Running…at the Moment
I have been so dejected about not being able to train or even work out very much over the last handful of weeks. Stress, sleep deprivation…they led to injury and now a flu-like sinus infection. I’ve been worried as the weeks keep ticking by that I’m losing so much time – too much time – to successfully complete my training for the St. Jude Marathon in December. I know I can always run intervals, and that’s likely what I’m going to have to do. But I so much wanted to run this one full-out.
This season has proven difficult for many distance runners and I’ve seen a few have to bow out from intended races already. I keep hoping I won’t have to do that. The thought that I might not get to run it at all has really gotten me down. Yesterday, after acquiring a bucket full of allergy meds and five days worth of antibiotics, I was feeling particularly sorry for myself.
Then I checked the mail.
I definitely needed to see both of them:
The singlet reminded me that it doesn’t really matter if I run, walk, or limp through the 26.2 – I’m doing the best I can. And even if I don’t join the race at all, I’m still very much a part of it by raising money for the kids of St. Jude through their Heroes Program.
The business cards reminded me that I need to get off my hiney and promote this giveaway more whether my training is up to par or not. I’m hoping to spread these out on campus and in my neighborhood to broaden my reach. Sometimes I forget there are networking opportunities outside of the internet.
Hopefully by the end of this week I’ll feel up to training again. And as much as I hate to say it, I should probably be thankful for the sinus infection forcing me to sit on my rear to give my injury ample time to heal. Otherwise I would have been That Runner™ who turns something moderately painful and annoying into something completely debilitating by foolishly running on an injured foot. I’m trying my best not to be That Runner™ or That Person™.
So far I’m doing better at the Runner one.
Have you picked up distance training after a long break? How did it affect your race goals?