Monday, January 26, 2009

Does Success Lead To Complacency?

For the past few weeks, I've been feeling non-plus about running. True, being mildly injured on and off this year did not help. However, it feels as if there is more.

Could it be that after all the personal records that I've set in 2008, especially my 23-year old PR for the Marathon, that I am ...... in a lull right now?

I feel that I am in need of a spark.

Yesterday was the Manhattan Half-Marathon. This was a race that I would have normally run. I typically run every NYRR Half-Marathon that is available. Well, I did not run it. I could have cited that it was 15 degrees at racetime, but cold weather has never been a factor for racing. As for my right calf, it felt fine yesterday. I know I am a little bit overweight for running, but that didn't stop me before. Maybe I wanted to have a good performance and knew that I was not going to come close to breaking 8 minutes? I dunno. Perhaps, I am just suffering from the winter 'blahs'.

I am registered (or hopefully am) for this Sunday's Gridiron 4-Miler, also in Central Park. I am hoping that I can get motivated for it. Perhaps going to the gym every night this week will help.

This has been an unusually cold and drawn out winter. And we still have 2 months to go before Spring gets here..... The sooner the better.



Anonymous said...

I know what you mean.

Step 1 - Sign up for race
Step 2 - Get out of bed on race day (this is the hardest step)
Step 3 - Get out the door
Step 4 - Everything else takes care of itself.

No doubt yesterday's race sucked. Water and Gatorade was hard to find in the 2nd loop. What water there was, was half frozen. Drinking said water made your insides colder and gave you brain freezes. Extra layers of clothes slows you down. Still though, even with all the difficulties, and even though I skipped my planned 6 additional training miles after the race, I still felt a great sense of accomplishment in just getting the race done in the conditions, even though my time was half minute per mile slower than what I wanted.

Don't go to the gym every night, you'll just burn out further. Just get out of bed and out the door in time for the race on Sunday, and you'll be happier for it.

Alex Gonzalez said...

Thanks for your good advice. And best of luck in your quest. My quest was for a sub-4, and fell short, but there is always next year, right?!