Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Runners' Lost and Found

Tuesday’s much-awaited easy 2-miler was run at an “easy” pace, but the run was anything but easy. Was it the heat? I hope. Perhaps it was just a bad day. Whatever it was, I struggled to keep up with 10:00/mile.

For the entire run I felt like I was on the verge breaking out of the lactic threshold. But my legs just lingered. After the first mile (when my legs, even my pained calf, are generally warmed), my legs just felt stiffer and stiffer with each stride. For a minute I thought that the past several months was all a dream. I wasn’t a runner after all. I hadn’t run 12 miles on Sunday. I didn’t have a summer of races under my belt.

But then I started being practical. These weren’t my legs! Sure, they’re the stubby, knee-scarred things I’m used to trotting on, but they weren’t my running legs. So, when I came home I made and posted the following sign all over Summit County:

Missing: Two half-marathon ready running legs. Bum left calf. Capable of 8:00/mile race pace. Severe runner's tan.OK, I didn’t actually post that sign. But I am desperately trying to figure what has happened. I’m also trying to calm myself down. We’ve all had bad running days, so I’m pinning my hopes on that notion. Just a bad day.

And Saturday will be a fantastic day. Whatever legs show up at the starting line.

Now I’m going to rest until Saturday, stretch and ice my calf, and eat my carbs. Mmm, gnocchi and grilled plums, here I come!

8 comments:

E-Speed said...

I hope your legs feel fresh on Saturday. Mine were dead yesterday too. Must be the weather :)

Papa Louie said...

You may want to check the impound lot where they have all the abused and overtrained legs due to lack of rest and proper nutrition. If not there then try the land of rest and relaxation. LOL.

JenC said...

I find I often have crappy 2-mile runs, especially the week before the race. I always say "better to have a crappy training day than race day". Your legs will come back when you need them.

Good luck and have fun!

Joe said...

Nice sign. If you're legs are that tired, I'd stop running until the race. Perhaps you could loosen those legs up in the pool?

kelsalynn said...

It could have just been a bad day, I wouldn't stress too much about it. What did you eat the day before? Were you hydrated? I'm just thinking...

Don't worry about it! You'll have a good run the next time you go out.
KelsaLynn

The Salty One said...

You are funny! Love the sign. I need one of those to hang around my neighborhood from time to time :)

You're going to do great in the half. I hope I make it back to the finish in time to cheer you on. It's going to be so much better than you expect!!! Good luck and have fun! You're about to become a half-marathoner!!!!!!!

Jim said...

Good Luck in the Half,G. Above all, I hope you feel good while doing it - your time is secondary. I certainly know the frustration of bouts of yuckiness. (I just posted an update entry on my blog. Might be worth checking out.)

DaisyDuc said...

The humidity early this week did make things a bit more uncomfortable for me too. Saturday is looking picture perfect for Akron. Best of luck!