Okay I’ve been training consistently for two and half months now. I’m showing improvement on all fronts except my running. For six weeks now every run session has felt like I was running with lead in my legs. At first it was my whole body, it was like “So you’re running again – just like that, no whole body conference to discuss this madness – you just up and decided to start running? I’m upset about this decision especially since I was not consulted first, so I’m not going to participate in this madness with you.”
Then my body warmed up to the idea a little, but my legs just couldn’t hack it. Seriously it has been very frustrating. I started thinking about what I did back in the fall of 2006 while I was training for the Polar Bear Tri. Although I had bike issues with that race, the run was a breakthrough run, and then I survived the tough run course of the Alpine Tri later in March. What was I doing back then that seemed to be working for me? Well I had upped my running days to three days a week, and because it was winter I was doing my bike training indoors on the trainer with “Suffer-O-Rama.” How I hate that spinerval, and you already know how much I enjoy running so adding an extra day of fun (sarcastic tone here) is just a peachy idea.
But you know what? Here are two thoughts (that are basically the same thought) that keep popping into my head. First a quote out of a Bicycling magazine article, “ Do what you hate. You hate hills; ride hills.” The gist of the article was how to get better on the bike. Then the second thought, which is on a card that I carry around - a suggestion from the Beck Diet Solution – "Do it Anyway! Even if I don’t feel like using a diet skill, (or running extra) I have to do it anyway. If I do only what I feel like doing, I won’t be able to lose weight and keep it off (or get better at running)."
So I’ve started spinning to “Suffer-O-Rama”, I’ve only done 1 full session and 1 partial session so far, but this morning there was a noticeable difference in my running – most of the lead was gone. With this revelation, I just rearranged my schedule so that I can fit a third day of running in along with more “Suffer-O-Rama.” We shall see.
Oh and by the way... I've lost 5lbs.