My Favorite Quote:

"There is an inner beauty about a woman who believes in herself, who knows she is capable of anything that she puts her mind to. There is a beauty in the strength and determination of a woman who follows her own path, who isn't thrown off by obstacles along the way. There is a beauty about a woman whose confidence comes from experiences; who knows she can fall, pick herself up, and move on."

Monday, March 5, 2012

Soul Searching

"Things so rarely goes as planned but Life should always continue to be a set of dreams crashing defiantly against both odds and circumstance."

I have found myself in an interesting place over the past two months.  I have transitioned into a non-aerobic athlete, which one would call an anaerobic athlete - but I don't know how to be one of those, so I won't call myself one yet!  I went from all running to not running at all.  In the midst of my "not running-ness", I found that I wouldn't workout at all, because I simply didn't know what to do.  I continued with a couple of strength workouts each week.  They started as 1 hr and 15 min long endurance strength sessions and have somehow morphed into 10 min cross fit sessions.  I fought it at first.  Not because I don't believe it is helpful to me, actually I think this stuff is flippin' awesome!  But, it was so hard to let go of the time that I spent on my workouts.  I counted on the countless hours of running or strength training as a means to establish my inner peace. 

So, where does that leave me?  I've found myself in a state of injury still.  My ankle is messed up.  It's been reduced to a "clicking" feeling and is most likely an overstretched ligament that needs to get put back into original shape.  Since not running didn't seem to help it at all, then I thought I could try something new with a "reduced" mileage plan.  I've been researching the heck out of crossfit endurance which is based primarily on anaerobic training methods to establish a better running economy of the endurance athlete.

I started this new plan yesterday.  I did a 10 min crossfit workout and then 3 hours later, I ran 8 x 200m intervals.  My ankle hurt of course, but most importantly, my heart/lungs/arms/legs/etc. hurt!  It was exciting to get my butt kicked in only the distance of a mile.  I love the idea of this training, because a good distance runner understands the importance of their anaerobic threshold in their training.  Rarely does a distance runner complete an actual threshold workout.  Using these shorter and more intense workouts to push out your threshold is a key factor in how long and how efficient you can run.

I am excited to see where this ends up.  I am registered for Brookings Marathon in 10 weeks.  I'm not sure if I will be able to run with this injury.  Either way, I plan to attempt the training and hope for the best.  If I had to guess today, then I would say I will not be able to run.  I hope that things get better though.  In the end, I will still have a rock star training plan for future races.