1. provided my colleagues Todd and Joel, who inspired the launch of this committee in the first place, are toeing the line, i will be toeing the line in May as well
2. in arriving at the comfort level i required to make the decision above, i had to run a lot; too much as it turns out. yes, i'm convinced i can do it. but, my body has suffered and i'm injured and i need a significant break from running.
i've been complaining about a calf injury for a long time. that injury is not only worse right now, but has caused a few other parts of the left leg to 'go bad' in succession. from what i can tell, the calf injury is what is described in this very helpful article, called a calf heart attack. i've been dealing with it for a while, but now i can hardly walk, much less run, with the calf pain, shin pain, knee pain and other lower leg pain that has resulting from running too much.
the first step in this was to see how bad it really was/is. to do this, i stopped running for 7 days. this past sunday, i resumed with a casually paced 3.5m run. ouch. not good.
secondly, i've taken advice from my fellow bloggers here, running websites all over and ultra-running legend Geoff Roes. Geoff's writings hardly apply to me, as i'm not an elite runner by any stretch of the imagination. but if i can take his words and boil them down to how they apply to me, i find them to be quite helpful. in his blog post on consistency, Geoff writes about his feelings on how to achieve the healthy running fitness you need to continue to achieve your running goals over the long term. he writes
How do we best do this? By not focusing too much on short term consistency and just taking individual days as they come and letting our bodies dictate when and how much we run.for me, much easier said than done. my MIND wants me to be out there right now... and despite the lingering injury, i've BEEN out there running like crazy. now, i quite simply cannot, so, no matter what my mind says, it's time to let my body dictate when and how much i run; at this point, not at all.
training for a marathon will push my weekly mileage into territory it has never consistently been. in order to do so, i need to be completely healthy. if i want to be ready for the race in may, my thought is that i'd have to start a pretty serious program about mid-november. that means i need to be healed AND i need to build my base-level fitness back up to about where it is right now (which isn't all that bad, actually). first and foremost i will need to take some extended time off. how long will be dictated to how well my calf heals.
next step will be to make it a slow re-entry... not trying to launch back to where i am now, but rather easing into higher mileages.
further to that, i need to fine tune the method of training such that i'm not getting myself into another injured state during the process (for example, i read one website that indicated people with left leg injuries, like mine, tend to run counter-clockwise too much; that the way roads are typically sloped will lead to injury if this is done too much. whether i believe that or not, i don't know, but i hope to at least have a theory before i'm back on the saddle).
and that's pretty much it!!