Saturday, March 28, 2009

Never Again

Remember when I said I wanted it to rain? Remember when I wrote a horrible poem about all the great things rain can do? Remember that??

They've never listened to me before, so who knew they would start now!
It freaking SNOWED yesterday! Hello overachievers!

Last week I wanted to get back to Oklahoma so I could enjoy the sun and 80 degree temps, now it's snowing.

I had a good week of running after last Sunday's little breathing problem. Monday I hit the treadmill just to get my legs loose and did 4 miles. Tuesday I got in some speedwork and Thursday I did a nice 6 mile run.

Saturday I never got out of my pajamas. I smelled, my hair was a mess, I had on the same clothes for over 24 hours. It was wonderful! I think the dog was disgusted by me.

Today I ran with the OKC Marathon training group on the Edmond hills. This is one of my favorite runs. It is close to my house so I can sleep in a few extra minutes and it's all rolling hills which really paid off last year.

Today, however, I did not have a good run. I felt like the Tinman. I started off running with stiff legs and ended up running with, well, stiffer legs. I never found my stride. I was pounding the ground so hard that I was looking for cracks in the pavement. This has happened before but I've never figured out what causes it. I came home and got in an ice bath immediately to try and stave off any potential swelling that I may have caused. I guess we'll see how tomorrow goes.

I'm hoping to increase my mileage this week. I suppose that's a good idea given that I only have 4 weeks until the marathon. Probably too late but we'll see. Speaking of the marathon, this is as good a time as any to tell you about my plans. Anyone ever been to Ft. Collins CO? Well, I've been invited to run that marathon with a big group from the running club. It looks AWESOME! It's all downhill but only a slight grade and it follows a beautiful little river running out of the mountains. They limit the entries to about 800 so it won't be crowded. The flights are only $69 each way. I've got a free room. How could this get any better? Only 1 little problem. It's the week after the OKC Memorial Marathon. So what's a boy to do? I can't miss my 3rd OKC marathon and I can't turn down such a great deal and good marathon. So I'll do both!

This will be my first attempt at running back to back marathons and it could go very badly. I also have to give up any dreams of running a PR at either marathon but that's OK since I don't feel I'm in the kind of shape I need to be anyway. I'll shoot for a PR this summer maybe.

I hope everyone has a good week,

Thanks for listening


Southbay Girl said...

you're going to run 2 marathons in 2 weeks?? WOW you are super human!!!

Sorry it snowed, rain is much better!!

Anonymous said...

The Ft. Collins run looked good but I was too scared to do back to back. It'll be fun hearing about the experience. See you on the course Sunday.

FYI..Got wife approval of Ave. of Giants next May. Whewwheww...Its on.

Calyx Meredith said...

Oh Willie - how exciting! You may not get a PR at either but it'll be a PR of a different kind to do them back to back. Woo hoo! You'll do great.

Calyx Meredith said...

(Are you ok? Did I piss you off? You just haven't been visiting and I've begun to wonder. Hope it's just normal life-gets-busy-bloggers-end-up-in-different-orbits. If it's not, let me know. Peace!!!

Middle-of-the-Pack Girl said...

Oh my god, willie, you are INSANE - 2 in a one week period??! Wow! To be able to run anywhere in Colorado, well, I can't say as I blame you, though. Never been there, but it looks beautiful from the sky -that's the closest I've ever come. And to be invited to run by a group, well, that's quite a compliment too. So, I totally get it.

So sorry you got snow - trust me, I know that SUCKS!

Sarah said...

Willie- where are you? Running, working, or both? Miss ya!