Running: starting over (again)

I did actually schlep my running gear to the UK, and did intend to run. I didn’t, but I’m such a wimp about running in the cold and running in the wet that out of the 2 weeks we were there I had about 4 days of actual “yeah, this may fall in my running comfort zone” weather.

Since we’ve been back, we’ve both been fighting colds and running is just not happening. I wanted to go out yesterday, but decided that it wasn’t a good idea ’cause I couldn’t stop coughing.

What that means is I basically need to start over AGAIN with low level conditioning. I … don’t want to do this. I like it when I’m conditioned and running is fun not a chore. I had just gotten to a good couple of runs before we left, and I know I’m going to have to go through a few weeks of struggling on runs before I get to that point again. This makes me sad and knowing that it will be OK at some future point doesn’t quite inspire me to put shoes on and go out now.

Then I feel guilty and lazy and all sorts of things because I don’t have the self discipline to get my butt off the couch.

My partial solution is to drag out the training schedule from last summer and follow it. That starts me off with some very short (1 – 1.75 mile) runs for the next month. If I get stronger faster, I can jump ahead. I was doing the ZombiesRun! C25K but the runs got long and were taking more time than I wanted. This gets me into 20 minutes or less 3 times a week (plus a long walk on Sundays) for a month. By then I’ll be less cranky about the time commitment and can stomach the 45 – 50 minute workouts.

It’s a plan, right?


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