training

I don’t know if I can file this as recovery related, but I have been training for a half marathon.  I have been going to the gym for quite some time now and decided that I wanted to challenge myself so that I could have a goal and work to achieve that goal.  It has been working so far.  Having a training plan and a goal has been making my progress tangible.  It is more than just going every day to the gym and not being sure if I am getting any where.  I suppose that’s the purpose of goals.  How this is recovery related I suppose is that I would not have been able to do this 2 years ago.  I used to sit on the side lines or even on the couch when Mare was out at these events.  I used to get annoyed when she would wake up really early to go for these runs in the morning because I may have just fallen asleep.  It used to take me hours and hours to fall asleep when I was drinking.  There got to be many nights when I was just up all night drinking.  I don’t think I would even make it up to bed.  Now I am getting to bed early to get my rest prior to these long training runs.

Today was tough, real tough, I had to do my longest run ever of 18 Km.  It took forever and I almost quit a few times.  But this was a real gut check today.  I got through it and I think I will be ok next weekend.  One week from today is the actual half-marathon.  Today has been a total write off, I finished the run and then had an epsom salt soak and then spent the rest of the day asleep in bed.  I wish I was able to recover faster from this type of training.  But I am still new to this distance type running.  I don’t know if this is going to be something that I continue to do after this, but we will see.  If I really enjoy it I will consider signing up for another, but I don’t know how Mare does this without training for it.  Crazy chic….

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