Tell Me What you Want, What you Really Really Want

Hello and good morning! I didn’t plan on posting anything today, but I have stuff on the brain and I need advice. My post title song will probably be in my head (and your heads) all day now. I hope I don’t sing it where I can be heard.

The reason for today’s title is related to where I am with my Achilles recovery and my relationship with running. I’m having good days and I’m having bad ones. I have runs where I feel almost normal and there’s pep in my step and no limit to how many miles I feel like I can run. I also have runs where I look down at my watch and say, “that can’t be right.” Fortunately, none of the runs involve any pain associated with my injury.

Last week, after one of those “good” runs, I started to think seriously about a training plan. A marathon training plan at that. Sounds good Randy, just skip over those silly half marathons and get right to it. Sink or swim, baby.

So this morning I had one of those “not so good” runs. I felt like I was giving plenty of effort. My heart rate was up nice and high. My watch told me otherwise. The idea of working on a training plan didn’t seem quite so exciting anymore.

I know for a fact that I’m caught up in the excitement of so many of the plans of my runner friends. People are signing up for their goal races and excitedly making plans. I’ve been there. It’s a great place to be. I want to be there, badly. I think maybe I want to be there so much that I’ll ignore any reasons not to be there.

Once I start a training plan, I won’t quit it and I’ll rarely deviate. No matter what. Is that what I want? Is that what I really, really want?



17 Replies to “Tell Me What you Want, What you Really Really Want”

  1. I’m trying to take your post seriously but you keep spicing it up! (har har)
    So… you’re a smart man and a smart runner. I think you know what you can and shouldn’t do. What if you started a half marathon training plan now, then see how you feel once you complete it? You could then transition right over to a marathon plan if it feels right. I really think you should just go with what feels right. All of us have bad days/runs; they’ll always be sprinkled in. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You are still making up for those months of not being able to run.

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      1. I guess you’ll just have to test the waters then. If you start a plan, and you don’t like the structure, stop! I know you said you don’t stop once you’ve started, but maybe this can be the first.

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  2. I think your looking good when we train. Maybe jump in on Sunday on a longer run with us and see how it goes. Only you know your body! But my selfish self knows I want you back!! Marathon’s (that is right with a “s” are coming!) and we all love having you out there pushing and pulling. And another thing! You got me and you back in the same AG soon 😈 hehe. Have a good one good friend!

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  3. Maybe it’s just the heat and humidity wreaking havoc on some of your runs? I’ve found lately I’ll have a great run and then the next day it’s so shitty I’m happy to just be done with it, but it’s also been about a million degrees too. To get back to your training plan question, I personally need that structure from a training plan or I tend to slack off.

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    1. I think the heat has a lot to do with it. I guess I’m just dealing with doubt from so much time off.

      I tend to slack off too and I’d like to have a reason to push myself, but then again I’m not sure I’m ready for it yet.

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  4. I didn’t have a six-month layoff due to a major injury, and I still have terrible short “easy” runs that make my fall marathon plans sound ridiculous! It’s summer running. Some days just SUCK.
    Maybe try a different training plan than you’ve used in the past? Or modify it if you get into one and you’re not feeling it?

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    1. You’re right. I think I just have a problem with summer running. It’s just so hard and frustrating to try and figure out how much I’ve lost from the injury. I think I’m going to train for a half. 😀

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      1. Yep, my one and only major injury, I started running again in May, and I remember that well! “Does this suck because I’m out of shape or because it’s so hot and muggy??” The half is a great distance, and the marathon will always be there when you’re ready to tackle it again.

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  5. As someone who loathes and refuses to use structured training plans (though I’m sure if I ever followed one I’d be faster) I feel like as long as you keep running you will just “know” when it’s time. When I come off of coaching track and feel out of shape and am getting back into my groove the beginning of June I only ever make the effort to get back into a consistent habit of running. Once I’m back to my at least 3 runs per week then I start making one of them a longer run. Last year and this year I’ve found by the beginning of July I’m ready to start contemplating some legit training and pick out some races. I’ve actually increased my long run sooner this summer than I did last summer because it’s just felt right. Don’t feel pressured to commit to something be it a training plan or certain race until you feel confident even after a crummy run. If you can finish the run and say hey that kind of sucked and I felt slow, but overall I feel stronger and more motivated then I think you’re ready to commit to something. Until then just stay consistent!

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  6. I agree with the earlier commenter who said: “start running regularly and see how it goes”. You can always morph it over to a marathon training plan. Why stress yourself so soon after your recovery?

    It is so hard to write with THAT SONG going through my head! 🙂

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