Dangling The Carrot

It’s the middle of November.  The holidays are very nearly upon us and the weather continues to deteriorate.

This month’s revelation comes to you from the extraordinary exhaustion that creeps in when you’re up your mileage.  I’m not alone, kittens.  Kirsten and Allison got cut-down too.

The question of the weekend was: Is this mono?

It’s actually kind of impressive to see how quickly that sort of memory fades away.

You know, until it strikes again.

Oh, how it strikes.

As fall marathon season wraps-up, I’ve been seeing tons of articles about how to avoid the post-marathon blues.

I think it’s safe to say that in Kat-land, they never hit.  At first it was because my body hurt so much that the very thought of running seemed ridiculous.  But I also think that it might have to do with the fact that Monster Dash aside, I’ve spent the last few weeks in Active Distraction Mode.

We booked hotel rooms for Grandma’s.

I was really sold on the idea of having an easily accessible ice machine for on-demand ice bath-ing.  Until Mom reminded me that everyone else in the hotel would probably have the same idea.

I registered for the Lake Minnetonka Half-Marathon.  Yes, that puts me in the certifiably crazy-category.

I ordered Marathon and Advanced Marathoning.

I bought a massage stick.

I started taking calcium supplements.

But there are only so many carrots that you can dangle before you start to run out.

Part of me wonders if doing most of these things, say, eight months ago would have made life a little bit simpler.

At the same time, I know that once you give up the Zen Running, you can’t ever get it back.

Hence, the Intense Bond to my Target digital watch that I continue to nurture.  Don’t even think about coming near me if you’ve got a Garmin on.  I just don’t want to know.

When I’m not running, I’ve been keeping up with the sweet “fat burning” power walking routine that I started when I was injured.  Originally, I had thought that I would drop it the moment I could get back to running full-time.  But I’ve discovered that it’s a nice compliment to the “rest day” yoga sculpt session that I do.

Who knew, right?

Do you like running or racing?

Obviously people do both, but after reading running blogs, etc. for the past year, I’m firmly convinced that there are two VERY separate camps.  Trying to figure out which one you fall into, however, is a totally different story.

Running Pack in The Sky, it’s time to talk!  What are your Turkey Day Race Plans?  We need to strategize.

Since Minnesota is a frigid place, I’ll be doing the 2nd Annual Treadmill in the Basement Turkey Trot.

12 responses to “Dangling The Carrot

  1. I want to sign up for a Thanksgiving race but I think I hurt my foot yesterday 😦 I was really looking forward to dressing up like a Pilgrim, goddamnit!

    And I agree about running and racing being two separate beasts. I usually fall into the ‘I love racing’ camp, but now I’m really enjoying NOT having any big races coming up and running simply to run. I’m sure I’ll feel differently once I’ve gone a while without a race, though- I usually think it’s the best part about running.

  2. I am running the Turkey Day 5K…with my mom! Should be a blast 😀

    It’s clear in my world that racing is the only way to go. Without goals and schedules and all that jazz, I would be lost. I can barely even rationalize “junk” miles. They just don’t even make sense to me! Hence the reason I need to decide on which spring races I will be partaking in 😉

  3. You need to move here because it’s a balmy 68 today! Great running weather! I personally love myself some power walking. Too bad I can’t loan you Kate and here BOB to train. The combination of heavy baby + stroller = massive resistance!

  4. You know, I have looked at some local events, and I think I may just get up early and head to the canal for a bit of alone time. My husband’s family is huge. Well, not really huge- that would be an adjective befitting the Duggars – but when one is an only child and has no cousins growing up, it still seems huge. Anyway, the day is going to be full of lots of people talking and eating and talk-eating, and I thought it might just be nice to have some quiet time, just Zooey the Devil Dog, the ducks, and me (and perhaps an errant chicken or two) before we enter chaos. I although thought I might use that opportunity to swap my long(er) Saturday run for my Thursday one, but we’ll see.
    It’s interesting what you sad about runs vs. races. I have never thought of the events in which I participate as “races,” so I don’t think of myself doing them. They are all for charities that I love.
    That being said, when I found out that the NOCC’s Run to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer Run was NOT chip-timed, I was crushed. So maybe I am a racer, after all. It’s just not that race from when I was in high school track. And of course I have my goals, and I am logging my runs in both an online log AND a paper log (not to mention my Nike iPod account), and tallying my mileage is becoming increasingly important to me.
    Oy – I have drunk the Koolaid!
    Now…. to look at using rest days for yoga in order to get in more pilates…

  5. I’m a slow runner, so I don’t end up racing, per se, when I participate in an event, but I do like to track my race times and I love the energy of races. Having races on the calendar for which I am either actively training, or for which I am trying to stay in shape, is critical to me. Like Jenelle, I would feel adrift without my training schedule. It morphs as I go through training, but the schedule, however it’s configured this week, is what keeps me on track.

  6. I haven’t been running enough to determine if I’m a “runner” or a “racer”. I’ll be doing the Challenge Charities Thanksgiving 5k. And then promptly stuffing my face. (win-win)

  7. I signed up for the Turkey Trot 5k. I took a break from running and just started up again last week. I’m hoping that my legs will take me the full way at a jogging pace. My goal is to finish without walking. We’ll see…

  8. I love signing up for races, and I would all of the time if it didn’t cost money. What can you do, right? So in that since, I’m way more of a racer. There are times thought where I will have a run in just a gorgeous place and think, “Man, I love running.”

    My Thanksgiving day running plans? Hmm… I’ve planned a 10 mile run for that week, so maybe I’ll do that on turkey day? I know I’ll at least get 5 miles in that day. Are we doing an event? That would be cool!

  9. I’ve been itching to sign up for a race, but since I’ve been rehabbing my IT band, like, FOREVER, I think I’ll hold off until I can run for longer than 15 minutes without any knee pain 🙂

  10. Hmmm. Racer or runner? Well, I love races because of all the people and the “official-ness” of it all. Since I am running it for the social aspect/free t-shirt I’m not sure that really makes me a racer… maybe a race groupie?

  11. My mind is definitely a racer. My body? Not doesn’t always cooperate. I’ll be running the Turkey Trot 5K with Bacon Slayer & Son #1. We’re off at 8 a.m. One thing I’ve noticed now that BS is running? I’m running faster & much more competitive about the whole institution. Consequently, my knees and IT band are letting me know they are not pleased. Stupid aging process.

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