Daily Archives: 04.23.2012

Day 54

Most important order of business: My girl Brady is running Big Sur this weekend and she is raising money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).  She is within $1,000 of her $5,000 goal.  She actually had to revise her original fundraising goal because she made her first goal so quickly.  More than 90% of the money raised goes directly to research.  So even if what you have to spare is latte or DIY Manicure-money ($5), donate!

Y’all, I am really great at following a Training Plan in the same way that I am awesome at running on the treadmill and chasing a pacer on race day.

Having A Strong Sense Of Order.  It’s what I do best.

So when I had to re-write last week’s miles to fit around our vacation, I was unnecessarily anxious.

I mean seriously, who is running The Big Miles when they’re on a beer-centric vacation?

Certainly not me.

It was purely non-negotiable.

What I learned: When you’re busy stuffing 39 miles into four days, sometimes you have to get clever with your scheduling.  There is no such thing as a straight line.

What I learned: By the time you’re done logging said miles, your legs and body are just trashed.

What I learned: Never underestimate the power of a proper dinner and a good night of sleep to set the world right again.  This should sit next to the rule about how much better you feel after taking a shower when you’re sick.

Really sage stuff, right?

All of that aside, the soreness and stiffness I felt after Friday morning’s 19 miler has been by far the most intense post-run pain I have felt since…last August/September.

I don’t know whether that’s due to the fact that I spent the last four days in a car, driving around Wisconsin or because my yoga routine simply does not travel.

Maybe it’s because 19 miles is not exactly a fun run.  Hoofbeats ≠ Zebras.

But OHMIGOD.  If there was a Varsity team for staggering and limping, I would be the Captain.

Generally speaking, are you good at following a schedule/plan?

Runners: What is the “biggest” lesson you have learned as of late?