Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Attempting a personality change
I'm not generally one to notice things like this, but some astute readers have noticed that this running blog is missing something. Like...running. Especially considering I have that big 100 miler coming up.
Well, things haven't exactly gone as planned. Everything started out great. Just kidding, I typed that, then remembered the whole PHUNT debacle. Well, everything started out, anyway.
I complained of some foot pain after the Stone Mill 50 miler. Since mid January, things haven't felt right on my runs. I've done the usual - cut runs short, take extra rest days, ice, compression, elevation, cross training, etc. But I haven't felt any better. If anything, running has gotten worse.
I really would love to be a "glass half full" type of person. Actually, even being a "glass half empty" type would probably be an improvement over my current personality.
This pretty much sums me up.
I derive great fear from my friends' experiences, and since I'm very popular with many friends, I suffer. My partner in crime for the 100 miler is going through the worst, most horrific injury of all time. Naturally, that makes me even more paranoid than usual.
I'm trying this new approach to life. Usually, when something prevents me from running as I'd like, I think about it and talk about it constantly. I blog about it excessively, with every insignificant detail, ask everyone to diagnose me, and then aggressively pursue Web MD diagnoses on my own. I get hysterical, depressed, and essentially suffer a complete mental breakdown.
This does not bring me happiness.
So I'm trying something new. Not obsessively blogging and talking about my lack of running and accompanying symptoms, banning myself from Web MD, and trying to focus on the positive side of things. Extra free time! Sleeping in on Saturdays! I'm 29% of the way through Dance with Dragons!
In summary, 100 miler training has been put on hold, I'm feeling calm and optimistic about it, and time will tell what happens with running this spring.
Are you a glass half full, glass half empty, or direct TV commercial type of person? As you can see, I'm attempting a complete overhaul. Jury's out on how successful that will be.