Sunday, November 23, 2008

Waste another mile now

After a good run yesterday and hopes of another today I awoke to legs that not only are protesting yesterday's effort, but are positively not interested in another repeat. Fortunately, it's only general fatigue from lack of running and slogging through uneven grip and loose snow. Rather than ruin yesterday's good vibe, I'll keep it inside and do a bit of cross training and some light weights.

Now is the time to put together a foundation that has been slowly eroding since last spring. My most recent injury was partly a result of building too high off a shallow base. Now is the time to be doing the little things that are easy to ignore and sometimes not as fun or quantifiable as pure miles. It's very easy to fall into the mileage trap and not take confidence in a good strength or plyo session that does more for your results than an extra 10-20 miles of slow running. In my advancing age my goal is to not let my stride length get as short as my memory. Too often I see a runner's stride shrink and shrink requiring them to have to turn their legs over faster and faster to maintain the same speed.

This common sense moment is reflected in today's title pulled from one of my recent downloads. With some embarrassment I found this group through an Apple TV commercial. Asteroids Galaxy Tour is the group and they come from Denmark. Not bad as I'm reminded a little of a B-52's sound minus the girl-guy conflict. I must also admit I have a soft spot for Scandinavian music which is probably a result of overplayed ABBA songs on the radio during my formative years. In fact, I have a soft spot for all things Scandinavian, especially Norwegian women. While I'm baring my soul I may as well admit I saw the ABBA tribute movie Momma Mia this summer. It wasn't my choice, but the date I went with more than made up for having to suffer through Pierce Brosnan's "singing". Mr. 007 does have a certain Nine Inch Nails quality to his voice - nine-inch nails on the blackboard that is. Do see the Broadway version of Momma Mia - I did enjoy that experience.

Off to the gym to do that stuff I'd rather not be doing. There will be plenty days like this to come, but lot's of positive results because of it.

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great. " Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

Going, going, gone

1 comment:

Tom Ritchie said...

I like your Blog John. Keep it going. I will be checking it out for some motivation and insight in my own training. I agree, now is the time to do the extra little things to get ready for the higher mileage that is to come. I am slowy gaining a better base right now so I can hit my training plan for Boston starting Monday, Dec. 15th (18 weeks out).