02 March 2013

Flu



These past couple of weeks have been a little crazy for me. First, in early February, things were going great. I was feeling awesome, rocking the Paleo, generally on top of the world. Then things slowly started to cave in. I lost motivation/effort/whatever, I bought a car and that got slapped with an unforeseen financial burden (not related to the car), then I injured myself during the Great Aloha Run, finally I contracted the plague last week (okay, maybe it was just the flu, but it felt like the plague).

All my big plans to start running last week and working ChiRunning into my routine all fell by the wayside in the presence of the flu. I have to admit something here. I never get a flu shot and I kind of poo-poo people who do. I always say that I prefer to let nature take it's course and that if I get the flu I can fight it off, blah, blah, blah. The truth of the matter is that I have not had the flu in years and years and years. Seriously. It's easy to poo-poo something you haven't experienced in a long time. It's easy to take the superior position when you have no real knowledge of what you are talking about. I felt like death for days this week, and for 2 days I was in screaming pain. Seriously, pain so bad I wanted to cry but it hurt too much to cry. I will never poo-poo the flu again and I may very well start getting the shots.

Anyway, since my sole goal this week was to stay alive, it's time to rethink my goals for the month of March. I am still debating with myself about going to Crossfit this morning. I think I can do it, I'm just afraid that I may start coughing and never stop. At least today I feel well enough to consider Crossfit. That is a huge improvement.

24 February 2013

I have a plan



For the first time in a really, really long time I have a plan and goals for the month of March. I used to love new beginnings of any kind. New weeks, new months, new years, new days.... But I reached a point where I was not achieving any goal I planned out and it just got to be depressing. So I stopped planning. I stopped setting goals. And I stopped enjoying new beginnings. Well, things are changing around here. I have things I want to accomplish and I know in order to do that, I need a plan. So a plan I have come up with.

Having taken the last week off of any and all activity, I am more than ready to get back into Crossfit again. In fact, I dreamed about it last night and was running around frantically trying to find a class. So that starts on Monday, tomorrow. Also, I want to start running. I have been reading Chi Running and I want to do this. I practiced some of it during the Great Aloha Run and I know I felt as good as I did because of that. I mean really, zero to 8 miles in one day??? I should have been laid up for a week. Instead the worst problem was the blister on the ball of my foot. So it's time to kick that into gear. I'm going to start slow and work very, very hard on not getting impatient and rushing and hurting myself. I'm going to spend the entire month of March perfecting the form before I even attempt to take it out on the road. I have a treadmill so I can practice little bursts of running/walking on it to get the feel of the way the form should be. Then on April 1st I start heading out the door with my new form. Actually, just looking at the calendar, I'm going to take it outside during spring break. That is the last week of March and the first week of April. So I will use those 2 weeks home to get into the habit of taking it on the road. Now I have picked out a couple of possible races for May and July. Short 5 or 10k. I won't register until I know that I'm good with the running, but I think I'll be fine if I take it slow and easy. No rushing, no forcing, no pain. I registered for the marathon which I may or may not do. If things go well with my running, I can start a training program in August and be ready by December. I've done it before. But that is a huge, huge maybe at this point. I want to use this year as a rebuilding year. Then starting on January 1, 2014 get back into serious running.

I'm excited. It's going to be a fun, busy next couple of months. Starting the running back up, starting my PhD program. Woo hoo....It's going to be fun.....

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