"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.