Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I miss the intensity that running has. I miss running as fast as you can and stopping out of breath. I miss coming back from a long run in the cold with ice on my hat. I miss training for marathons. I miss the runner's high.

I've been doing a lot of cross training but it does nothing for me. I am becoming faster in the pool but still don't feel like it is a big deal. I bought a new kick ass bike and I am often thinking about accidents and deaths while riding it... LOL Fast bike = crashes in my head.

I've been doing my best to be PATIENT, and be CONTENT that I don't have cancer or another illness. But somedays it is just not making me feel any better.

I've got a plan... not sure it will work but I am going to do it anyway. Santa came early this year and I just received the Christmas gift from my folks.

The plan is to find a marathon training plan that has runs in minutes. And to follow this plan but on the bike. I am hoping that an increase in training volume will help me fight the runner's blues and lose some weight ( which I desperately need to!) What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea?

PS. send some good vibes my way tomorrow afternoon, I have an interview for a chemist position at the City of Montreal!

ETA: Strength training is kicking my ass. I took Laurel's advice to just stick with it... I did it Sunday and yesterday and I AM SORE. I'd love to get ideas of what others do, so I can alternate exercices. This is what I did:

3 sets of 20 reps 1 min in between sets

  1. Squats
  2. Standing bent-arm lat with elastic band
  3. Step-up
  4. Calf raises
  5. Push-ups
  6. Seated Row
  7. Squats with elastic band
  8. Abdominal with twist
  9. Bicep curl with elastic band
  10. Outer thigh exercise with elastic band
  11. Inner thigh exercise with elastic band


Melanie said...

good luck with the cycling. I researched a lot while i was out with stress fractures, and found some info that runners came back faster and stronger by keeping up with the cross-training while not running. good luck tomorrow.

Arcane said...

Good luck with your interview!

Legs and Wings said...

Good luck with the mad scientist job interview! My neighbour, Evan, just moved to Montreal to work as a chemist. He is truly a mad scientist.

Marlene said...

First - good luck!

It's amazing that you are sticking with the cross-training and strengthening... in the end, it will make you a better runner!

I'm not a biker so I can't comment on your plan, but it sounds like it could work. Maybe following a training plan again will cheer you up.

Runner Leana said...

I'm so sorry that you are so frustrated. Congratulations on the new trainer though! What an awesome Christmas present!

If you need some ideas for bike workouts and such, send me an e-mail. I'd be more than happy to share some of the stuff that I get from my coach so you can have some variety in your training. They are good workouts! I program them into my Garmin so that it will beep at me when it is time to do something new and then I don't have to watch my watch all the time. Just spinning on your bike will get boring fast otherwise...

Carrie said...

Is that what a bike trainer looks like? I've been looking at that picture and I couldn't figure it out until I saw a bigger picture! Looks really badass!

Run Mommy said...

I love that your labels include "stupid foot". That made me giggle. :) Don't worry, having been sidelined myself, I feel your pain but you will back at it soon enough so enjoy the chance to try other things in the meantime. Love your new gift!

Doug said...

So, did you land the new job?!!?!?!?!

Laurel said...

What is that contraption? Is that a bike trainer? I'm so clueless.