February 6th, 2005

This week was the first week I've gone running

since hurting my foot back in December. The good news is that my foot seems to be fine. I ran for just over three miles Thursday and yesterday, and all was well. (It's been unseasonably warm out, too -- woohoo!) Today, the idea was to run my three-mile route (which I'd come up with by looking at a rather unhelpful map provided by the NU Running Club) twice with a one-mile route in between, but I kind of got confused and went too far during that middle part. I was running along, wondering where the hell I was supposed to turn around and feeling rather tired and sorry for myself, when I suddenly realized that I probably should have turned around some time ago. So I walked back to the point where I should have turned (I guess) and went from there. I just barely managed to finish the total of seven miles, because shit-damn, was I feeling like crap. So the bad news is that I need to do a better job of figuring out routes if I really want to do the marathon thing again. Yes, I'm planning to run the Lakeshore Marathon on Memorial Day. What I did this week was basically Week 2 of the training program I used last year. I briefly considered using a different training program (for instance, finding a proper 17-week program instead of using my old 18-week program and skipping the first week), but I'm comfortable with the one I've got, and if I can get past the initial shock of starting right in on Week 2, I'll be fine. (I note ruefully that the Week 1 Sunday run is only six miles -- and if I'd tried to run six today instead of seven, none of the route-confusion crap would have happened. But noooo, I had to go and skip the first week of the program in order to fit it in before the race. Ah, well.)

Tonight: Super Bowl party over at Joe and Patrick's place. I'll be heading over there pretty soon, although I have to say I'm looking forward more to Joe's famed macaroni and cheese than the game. =)