Saturday, November 17, 2012

Back to Basics

It is hard for me to believe, but it's been nearly a year since I last posted to this blog. At the same time, though, it makes some sense: 2012 was a very tough year for me, running-wise.

Early in the year, after struggling for months with heavy fatigue and shortness of breath on the run, I was diagnosed with anemia. After a few months of iron supplementation (this stuff works great, though it tastes like a health-food store smells, yuck!) I was feeling a lot better. Just in time to run the Collegiate Peaks 25 miler. Yay! But toward the end of that race I had some hip pain, which led to full-on limping a few days later. A gardening injury (don't laugh... it involved a sledgehammer!) only made things worse.

I could go on, but what's the point? Long story short, the carefully planned 2012 racing season I'd laid out in the fall of 2011 did not come to fruition at all. I even had to back out of the Wasatch 100, a race I've wanted to run for years, and for which I was lucky enough to win a spot on the 2012 start line in the lottery. Beginning a new job in June was thrilling (and I'm enjoying traveling two weeks out of every month!) but it has taken some time to figure out how to work my running in around all the flights and long days.

Physical therapy has helped me to see that I need to make some changes now so that 2013 does not go as disastrously as 2012 did. Strength training needs to be a much bigger part of my routine -- something I've long resisted because I just don't enjoy lifting weights as much as I enjoy heading off down the trail for a run -- but 2012 has helped me see that strength training is a big part of the "nuts and bolts" of fitness that makes the running I love possible.

So, the next several months I'm going "back to basics," focusing on consistency in my running and strength training, in order to bounce back stronger than ever, for the long term. There are so many adventures I want to pursue -- through-running the Long Trail, running the Wasatch 100, returning for another HURT finish, running long sections of the Continental Divide Trail -- and I need to "rebuild the machine" so that I can thrive through it all.

So, friends, sorry for the long silence... and see you on the trail!
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