Friday, December 07, 2007


I have a half-marathon to run on Sunday. Have I mentioned that (I mean, you know, like more than 20 or so times)?

In preparation, I ran four miles this week. F-O-U-R. Well, it's too late now! My personal mantra. It's. Too. Late. Now.

Swimming? Did someone ask about swimming? I LOVE THE SWIM! I'm swimming twice a week. So far just doing the same old 1,000 yards in the gorgeous outdoor YMCA pool. When I went this week, on Tuesday, snow flurries were floating down. The steam was rising from the water. I caught glimpses of the moon still high in the sky. As I swam, the light slowly broke. It's seriously gorgeous. Sometimes I think I'm actually getting better. Sometimes, I feel a twinge of regret when my last few laps come around and I wish I could swim longer, but work beckons.

I can honestly say I have NEVER wanted any run, EVER, to last longer. This is because somebody obviously does NOT want me to enjoy the run and does everything in their power to make sure I suck at it. (I'm really liking this explanation.) It quite obviously has nothing to do with my lack of training. Obviously.

So, this week, I ran F-O-U-R miles on Monday, swam on Tuesday, nothing on Wednesday (it snowed! dreadmill at work is broken, like I'd use it anyway), Thursday, spinning (another religious experience where I engage in a rich fantasy life), and here we are are today, Friday. Should I run today? Will it make any difference on Sunday whether or not I ran today?

Maybe it would be smarter to rest? Resting sounds smart, doesn't it? Especially since the PLANTAR FASCIITIS in my right foot is getting harder and harder to ignore. I've been ignoring it for months. Now, somewhat suspiciously, all of a sudden, it's screaming at me when I walk. Sometimes, when I sit.

I took the morning off from swimming so I could run. But then I couldn't run because I had to take the car in to get new tires. (This is the third time I've had tire problems just prior to a visit to Susie. Coincidence? I think not!) So, no swim, no run. Of course I could run later today. That's a possibility. But then there's the PF to think about. (This is why I don't twitter—I mean, could you imagine the endless stream that is my thought process going out over the Internets?? Well, yes, I'm guessing you actually could imagine.)

I don't know exactly who is in charge of running, but I am officially registering a complaint. Just so you know that I know exactly what is going on.


21stCenturyMom said...

How many times do I have to tell you that training is totally overrated? You'll be fine. I recommend you roll your foot on a tennis ball or a golf ball today to loosen up the fascia and do your running on Sunday.

Run strong!

monicac2 said...

I'm running in my 1st half this Saturday, and decided last Sunday, after my last long run, that I needed rest. I've only run once this week, and it was a great run. Resting has served me far better than the short speedwork that was on my schedule this week (at least, I hope it has - gulp).

LBTEPA said...

You're not being slack, you're TAPERING!
Have a fun run :) and write us a race report SOON

David said...

You are delusional today. A proper editor would dock your pay for that disjointed post.
As for the lack of miles, aren't you tapering this week? Oui, Oui.
Give SCM a hug for me.

Rae said...

Good luck in the half! I know you'll do great and have a great time! Best wishes!

Firefly's Running said...

You are not slacking off. You are taping and listening to your body.

As for foot issues, I would see a podiatrist and get some orthodics. They have helped a lot since I got them and also helped with some of my ankle issues.