Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stay Positive, Stay Focused

I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. - Marilyn Monroe

My training is out of control and hard to handle right now.

I am feeling neurotic and insecure about the fact that there are only 11 weeks until my next marathon and my calf is limiting my running.  Limiting my running at a time when I was seeing and feeling significant increases in my speed (-30 sec/mile) over medium distances.  I really think I could translate some of that speed into longer distances if I can keep up the training, resulting in a smashing PR.

But to heal my calf, I need to back off on the intervals that made me faster, cut back on some distance that were making me stronger.  For me that is sheer torture.   I am usually the furthest thing from tentative, diving into new projects, adventures, training, and challenges head first, full steam, making tons of mistakes, enjoying some successes, and flailing in the process.  I usually come out dirty, bruised, and already planning how I would do it different next time.  This calf thing has me a little confused, a little unsure of myself for the first time. 

But Marilyn made me straighten up a little - if I can't handle training when it is at its most challenging, then I don't deserve training when it is at its best.   Really, I have been spoiled by very few injuries (knocking on wood) and my biggest limitation in training has always been myself.  So I had a curve ball thrown my way, big deal.  I need to HTFU, as Jon (another Timberman entrant) over at SwiCycloRun did on his last bike/run in the freezing rain brick - thanks for that post Jon, loved it!

I am going to switch gears a little, still busting my buns to get stronger and faster, staying positive, staying focused.  On tap for this week - 1 run (just take it easy, see how it feels), 4 rides, renewed focus on strength training, yoga, and a 3 day Baxter Park trip.  

4 comments:

Mike Schoeffler said...

Wise to switch gears and drop down on running. You need to keep working out, but the last thing you want is to hit your race injured. Give yourself a "break" by taking on different workouts.

Caratunk Girl said...

Thanks Mike - always tough to do that! But it is what I need to do now...

Jon said...

So sorry to hear that your calf is turning out be a really nasty injury. Is there a specialist you can go see?

Caratunk Girl said...

Thanks Jon - I have an appt with a PT next week. Working on a referral to someone in Portland. Fingers crossed!