A couple of years ago I saw this TV show about a woman who woke up one day, and she could only walk backwards. It was due to a botched flu shot, and it basically rendered her totally handicapped. She couldn’t speak correctly, or feed herself, etc. Somehow, she found out that if she tried to run, everything went back to normal. She could run forwards, and talk normally. Once she stopped running, it all went back to the crazy backwards stuff.
There ended up being some question about whether it was true or not, but that is kind of irrelevant to the point I want to make. My back has been really bothering me for the last 6 days or so, all day. It is sore and painful. Strangely, once I start running, it all goes away, and feels totally normal. I kept thinking about this lady, and wondered if she spent like 5 hours a day running, and thought that it would be cool to do that so my back didn’t hurt. It’s weird to be super stiff and sore and then suddenly it just disappears when I run.
Yesterday I did a total of 6 miles, and the first 5 were kind of a tempo workout. I did the first 3 in 8:55, 8:25, and 8:10, before I stopped to walk for a minute. I didn’t want to overdo it, I was more concerned about getting my legs loose and simulating a portion of the half marathon on Sunday. Once I started jogging again, I was surprised to learn that I was still running 8:30s, so I just finished 5 in 42:30, and it was pretty reasonable. I jogged the last mile home and it was fine, and I did some situps and pushups a little while later.
I have no idea what to expect on Sunday. I haven’t run a race in almost a year, and my confidence is not that high. I know I can complete the distance, as I’ve already run 17 miles during training, but I also have an athletic history that I don’t want to betray. My best time in the half is 1:34, and I don’t think I have a very good chance of coming within 10 minutes of that on Sunday. I say that because I know how 8 minute miles fees right now, and I think it’s sustainable for about a half marathon for me right now, but thats a 1:45. I am approaching this as a training run, but I don’t want it to be a really terrible time, obviously. I’m just going to keep moving and try to keep making progress. See ya later.