notes

‘back in the saddle.’ ‘on the road again.’ and all those other classics about getting off one’s @$$.

In running on January 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

After two months of what I’d call cerebral or stress-draining runs – i.e., I went out without any hard and fast distance or plan in mind and stopped to walk whenever I felt like it – I craved having a goal again.

I found out this fall that monster goals (i.e., half-marathons or above) are probably beyond what the creaking cartilage in my knees can withstand, but I want to push myself a little more than a 5K.  So tomorrow, with the help of my patient triathlete friend and volunteer ‘coach,’ I start a very easy-going training plan to run a 10K (6.2-mile) race that many of my friends love: the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston at the end of March.

I know the truly competitive running converts would see this 6.2 as low-hanging fruit, but it fits with my running goal, which is to go with whatever combination of pace, distance and frequency allows me to run consistently for the rest of my life. If that means running short distances at a slow pace forever (versus pushing myself and end up hobbling to the point that I can’t run even a mile), I think I can live with that lack of achievement.

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