Thursday, October 16, 2008

Quick summary of Willie's week

Catching you up in 1 minute or less...

Oklahoma lost to Texas last weekend which makes work difficult since everyone is pissed off.

Mizzou lost to Oklahoma State which SUCKS! Oh yea, it was also my fault according to my wife since I ran a 5K in Stillwater (OSU home) on Saturday before the game.

I ran a 5K in Stillwater at Eskimo Joe's with my son. I ran 20:48 and my son ran 22:30. I still hate 5K's, they are way to short.

A cold front came through Oklahoma and it rained most of the week.
I couldn't complete a 4 mile run on Tuesday night. I got light headed and had no energy after about 2 miles. I was completely tired.

I was so down in the dumps that I seriously considered not running any more marathons this year.

I got over it.

My son ran his last Cross Country meet and finally decided to get the lead out. He busted out a 12:29 2 mile and was 10th overall in the conference meet on Tuesday. I responded by smacking him in the back of his head and asking him where that was all year! His coach repeated that action.

I had a great run tonight although it was only 4 miles. I'm way behind in my training and way off of my plan.

Ok so now you're up to date. What I really wanted to write tonight was about some changing plans for me. In a nutshell... I'm tired!

I have run 5 marathons this year and I have been extremely busy at work. My kids keep me busy all the time and I rarely eat well. Add to this some self-induced personal stresses and the result is that Willie's body is beat down and battered. This really hit home for me after the Spirit of Survival marathon 2 weeks ago. Although I only ran 20 miles of the marathon and walked the rest, it took me much longer than I expected to recover. In fact, I would say that I still haven't recovered. It's hard to describe other than to say that my body is tired and it's now spilling over into my mood and general well-being. 

I get it, I've over done it this year and need to slow down. 

For this reason I have decided to change my plans for the Tulsa marathon and only run the 1/2 marathon. I have also dropped any time goal for the Dallas White Rock marathon. That will be my 6th marathon this year which averages out to 1 ever other month. If I was running them just to run them I wouldn't be concerned but I would really like to improve my best time and I feel I have blown that this year by running too many and resting too little. Oh well, live and learn. I have no regrets about any of the marathons I have done (except maybe Andy Payne). I have traveled to Florida and California and have met new friends at all of them. No regrets at all.

Next year, however, I would like to concentrate on only a few marathons and on improving my times. If you've read this blog for awhile you know that this will be hard for me to do. I have this bad habit of spur-of-the-moment "planning" and that little issue of being a total idiot at times. So we'll see how well I keep to this plan when the Spring marathons come rolling around and I get the urge to jump on a plane to the coast. Hey at least I'm trying to plan ahead!

Thanks for listening


Calyx Meredith said...

It sounds like you're listening to yourself. You recovered so quickly after SF and that's a big contrast to this most recent marathon. Take care of yourself!

RBR said...

*sniff sniff*

You mean no impulsive flights to Cali? Like, not for the Big Sur marathon in April, or anything?

*sniff sniff* insert puppy dog eyes here