As I mentioned on Friday, although I’ve lost the weight I gained last fall, I’ve now stopped making progress. I am at the exact weight I was for Boston last year, and would like to get down at least 5 more pounds before my next attempt at the mythical course.
Yes, don’t worry, I realize that this goal may be unreasonable with only five weeks until race day. Or at least, to expect to take off only unneeded body fat and not compromise my fitness or training, is most likely unreasonable. So I decided to stop drinking for a while, thinking my nightly cider or wine probably equates to a pound or two. Twitter decided I should replace those calories a.s.a.p.
Also, because I think the world and Rodale Publishing revolve around me, the newest issue (April 2013) of Runner’s World has a weight loss article that is your standard, count-your-calories piece, which annoys me to a standard degree….calorie counting sounds great in theory, but it annoys me for two reasons: 1) it just doesn’t work for me. Mainly because it is near impossible to be accurate, and that drives me insane, and 2) to my mind, from what I understand of the human body, training, and nutrition, I don’t think the calories-in, calories-out formula is valid for endurance athletes…maybe for any athlete.
In an act of redemption however, this issue does have a succinct and directive article on running specific HIIT training (as in: high intensity intervals of running), that I was really impressed with. Mainly because it addressed the cautions for beginners and the exceptions for veterans that are often overlooked. I was thrilled to, after I read it, realize it was written by one of my running buddies, Cindy Kuzma! So go read it!
Before you start thinking that I am anti-Rodale publishing, I’m not, I swear. Huge fan, I troll the forums like a pro. But it might be time I switch my subscription from Runner’s World to Running Times, because this article , was a pumice stone to my stressed-out and overcrowded little runner’s soul.
The article touches on many of the ridiculous habits of ego that runners get stuck in. I am always shocked and amazed when elite and sub-elite runners so effortlessly invite us mid-pack age-groupers into their ranks and celebrate our PR’s and progress, and field our naive and repetitive questions with enthusiasm. As I read and pondered my own experiences I realized that these behaviors are totally embodied by the group of running friends, no REAL friends, that I have found myself with over this past year. And I felt overwhelmed. And positive. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.
But then I thought about my own behavior lately.
For example how I am filled with rage when someone asks me how long my next marathon will be. It’s stupid (the rage, not everyone has to know running trivia). And then, I recently publicly displayed the worst of the ego-tics discussed in this article when a small race to benefit a school running program off all things (yes, I’m a jackass, I’m entering rehab) posted an error in last years race results.
Nobody cares! And the point of the race is the high school kids, and it’s a few weeks before Boston so it’s a great fitness test. In my defense, I was self-aware of the idiocy of my correction right when I posted it. But I was on my phone and couldn’t figure out how to delete it. So, of course, I just kept digging the hole deeper.
I’ll strive to get my mindfulness on. It’s very good medicine.