from mile to marathon

The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

i know

The lesions on my skin are healing so slowly I sometimes doubt my doctor has the right diagnosis - lead toxicity, of which skin marks are not a typical symptom anyhow. On the other hand, they are definitely fading, so so maybe the stuff he gave me to take works after all. It's not only the skin that improves, it's the running too.

One week after the little 5K I ran fourteen miles, and it was the easiest big run ever, if one can even call it big. The legs did not feel the distance until around mile ten, and the rest was relatively effortless. It makes me wonder if I have run my eight marathons a year or two ago lugging around all that heavy metal. My doctor says yeah, that's what happened.

I told myself I have to be up to a half on any given day to run a marathon again. I am not there yet. On some days even a 5K gives me trouble. Even an entirely smooth big run comes with the overpowering sensation that one more step beyond it would be too big a stretch. But I know I will outrun that sensation. I know I will run a marathon.

Monday, July 20, 2009

nice little distraction

Either lazy or burned out from too much mileage, I decided to skip a big run one weekend and ran a little 5K race instead. Can't say I enjoyed it, but at 7 am the weather was pleasant, the mood entusiastic, and the pace the fastest I probably ever achieved. I finished with a PR of about 40 seconds in just over 28 minutes, and got like everyone else a flower and chocolate. Cool.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

easier than ever before

In six weeks I went from zero the a weekly mileage of twenty-five and a big run of sixteen miles. I do not mean to say it was easy, but it was smooth and steady. It's getting way to hot for running. After the last big run I was dizzy and nauseous for a while and sluggish for a few days.

Soon enough I will have a fueling problem again. Cannot bring myself to swallow anything.

Running is good though, or better than it used to be.

At the least.