In the meantime, I can't help thinking that this fiasco that has been my running life the past six weeks hasn't been all bad. In fact, there has been some real good that has come out of it, namely more exercise and a higher fitness level.
For years, since I started running back in 2002, I have struggled with two things: finding a way to exercise "most days of the week" and extending my exercise sessions to longer than 30 minutes at a time. Now, you might think that with all the events I have participated in, I would have those knocked. But you'd be surprised. I rarely have done anything in the way of cross-training. A bike ride here or there when the weather was good, maybe a hill walk on the treadmill once in a while. For the most part, however, my weeks have consisted of three or four runs - and nothing else. Additionally, until this past fall, all of my runs - except for my long runs have topped out at about 30 minutes. Even this past fall, when I tried to start stretching out my mid-week runs, they never got much longer than 40-45 minutes.
Why haven't I been able to achieve either of these goals? Well, I think the short answer would be laziness.
|You can love running and be lazy, too. Punch was a|
great example of how to achieve this.
|Even in my younger, crazier days I only|
ever exercised seriously three times a week.
So maybe not running for a while hasn't been all bad. If I can keep this up once my running is able to really pick up and resume, then having had this time off may be just what I needed to help me achieve two long-time goals I have had and perhaps - dare I say it - finally make me a better runner.
Any committed cross-trainers out there? What do you do?
If you are wondering what is happening with my shin, suffice it to say that I have effectively buried my head in the sand where that issue is concerned. It's not worse. It's not better. I plan on doing something about it. I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Soon.