Sunday, May 27, 2007

Ice

Well yesterday I pushed my legs to a different level and I should have come home and iced them. I did ice my left leg for a while but I didn't listen to it and I should have iced a bit longer in different places. This morning the area above my ankle is talking to me, pleading for attention. I have no intention of running today so that is a relief of sorts it says, but the pleading is for more ice...so before church I'm sitting here with my lower calf on ice. The relief was quick, I could almost hear my leg sighing..."ahhhhhhhhhh" when the ice was applied. If we would only listen better, or as my wife sometimes will say....."if you only would listen twice as much to what I say...then you would hear 100% of what you need to hear"....or some close quote.

Depending on how my legs react to icing and rest today I have been asked to run with one of my Mon/Wed partners tomorrow on a new route, a flat route that will take us potentially around Lake Hefner, an 8 or 9 mile run. We would be back to our 1/1 interval, which I think would be a good recovery routine for me just now. I will see how I feel tonight, plus we need to watch the weather as it may turn nasty around here today and in to tonight as well.

Yesterday during the 10k, I found myself listening to my left brain and it was saying "I can't run at this pace....I can't finish this race"....then I would remember Galloway's words...."power" and "glide"....and I would find right brain working to overcome the negative vibes by saying...."I can...I can...I can" and convincing myself that is is much easier to say "I can" while running than it is to say "I can't" and it worked....I also began to use Galloway's words..."power and glide" together...helping me to get my legs in sync with my right brain in powering thru each run segment....gliding versus "striding" and it seemed to be helpful as well. Word games I know but....hey...whatever it takes...whatever it takes...to overcome the devil that is trying to push the body back to the couch....it AIN"T gonna happen.

Even though my legs ache today...I feel great, I'm happy, I know I can still improve, and I know that I will succeed, all it takes is a goal and a plan to reach that goal....then creating the image of attaining the goal.....my long term goal is completing a marathon....I can definitely see myself at and through the finish...my shorter term goal is a sub-30 minute 5k....and with more training...consistent training it will happen as well....and rather than saying it will happen soon....I'm telling myself it will happen when my body is ready....my body and mind are a team....working either together or against one another.....and for now they are working together....more than against each other....so success is in the future....

OMG....where did all that rambling come from? Sorry about that.

4 comments:

Rodrigo said...
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Marcy said...

Definitely sounds like you're in an upbeat frame of mind! Depending on how the HM goes, we'll both have the long term goal of running a marathon one day :) You're only going to get better ;D

runliarun said...

Oh, my muscles never say "ahhhhhhhhhhhhh" when I ice. They just scream "get me out of here!" How do you do that?

Darrell said...

Consistency is definitely the key to success. Keep listening to your body and your wife, chances are they are both usually right.