Thursday, January 9, 2014

couch potato

I've been spending alot of time off my feet lately & feeding my face seemingly nonstop (gained 10 pounds in 2 weeks) -- haven't gotten out of the holiday habit yet.  I've justified it by saying to myself:  I'm resting my back.  It's been almost 3 weeks since the Otter Creek Marathon.  It would've been my only marathon finish of 2013, but I ended up with my first ever marathon DNF -- my back shut me down, even with the brace.   Not sure what brought the pain on so fast other than my pace was a little quicker at the start than at the ultras I'd been running (I'm not going to do that again).  It didn't help that I fell awkwardly on my left hip early in the race.  I'm also beginning to think that the posture therapy I go thru for my gut problem is messing with the back -- if it's not one thing, it's another!

Got word today from the Massanutten lottery people that I did not meet the qualifications for the race in May this year.  After my mental shutdown there last year, in what would've been my best ever finish, I was hoping to redeem myself this year.  The way my back is now, I guess it's best that I didn't get to sign up.  Things are going to have to get much better just to get in a qualifying race for 2015.

Still going to try the re-scheduled Tecumseh Marathon Saturday after this holiday rest break.  It's been ages ago the last time my goal was to just finish a marathon.  I'm hoping to have more fun than pain this time . . .


Chris said...

Good luck at Tecumseh. Rest up. I gained 5 pounds in 2 weeks over the holidays. Have lots of goals for this year.

ed said...

Thanks Chris!

I'm hanging in there, barely.

Great to see such an optimistic outlook this year for you -- I'm impressed with your training schedule!