Monday, February 27, 2012

Turtles Can Run Fast....Eventually

I spent the better part of December & January pounding myself into the ground running - mostly as a great form of stress relief. While it did wonders for relieving stress, it did nothing for creating flexible and healthy hamstrings. Therefore, come late January I was reduced to a lot of swimming and rehab. (If I swim a 55 at my first Ironman this season maybe I will look back on all of this as a great sequence of events.)

I have since healed my legs, and ramped up running again. I feel SLOW. Turtle pace slow. It has made my riding feel SLOW as well. If turtles rode bikes, they might beat me. It has made me grumpy on multiple occasions. But I have decided to follow the plan, stick with it, and embrace my turtle speed, trusting that fitness will return.

One of several flats on Sunday's turtle-pace ride. 
(Note - the guys rode fine, Charisa rode at Turtle pace).

Very far from Alaska (thankfully!)

13 comments:

The Suffer Seeker said...

Yoga will help the tight hammies! But the yogger will not approve.

Steve said...

Running is a beast. One of the best runners in our group has the best mechanics you would think. We thought he could never get injured. His season is over due to knee issues.

Good luck. :)

Beth said...

Oh I hear you on the tight hammies! My hammies and I have never really gotten along. But ART makes them happy. :) Glad you are healing up and I know your pace will improve in no time!!! :)

Christi said...

Injuries are never fun! I wish you the best as you come back from it!

Kim Williams said...

"If turtles rode bikes, they might beat me."

lol! I almost spewed my tea.

Teresa said...

I am just so glad you are healthy again. And back at what you love and are so good at! Soon you will be the fast HARE.

tn

Bob Almighty said...

Ouch I hear you on the slow going with the running. I just switched to Newtons so I have to keep low intensity for a bit. On the Turtle pace on the ride you are so lucky you are far from Alaska/ New England/ Canada and wintry weather, because a slow ride outdoors is still better than a 3 hour trainer session.

J. L. said...

I often say I have a hippo run on a bad day. But I think the turtle beating me on a bike is a great new analogy. Hope your hammies are feeling better and getting healthy!

Snakebite said...

You're feeling "turtle?" Do you an inexplicable hatred of cats? Maybe watch this YouTube of how turtles hate cats.

http://youtu.be/dodx4sqsmG8

If you hate cats like this, then you're a turtle. If you find you don't hate cats, then this is just a phase. Have another cup of coffee. Go about your business.

Lisa said...

One of my favorite long run routes we've dubbed "Turtle Alley" - but because there are literally tons of turtles in that area. I will likely think of your turtle post the next time I run my "Turtle Alley" :)

solarpowered said...

I have absolutely NO place in offering you perspective here -- you are far more experienced, accomplished, and even at your turtle pace, faster, than me -- but humor me for a second :)

A few posts ago you mentioned how much you can't wait to race. From what I know, you are a challenge-driven person. You want to better yourself each time out, in whatever capacity that takes. Your words: "I like seeing progress. I even like seeing those areas where I think I failed. It fires me up. And makes me want to work harder."

Here's a thought: take this "slow" time as a challenge. That's what I've done coming back from injury. How much better did I feel today than yesterday? How much stronger did I feel on this run than on the same loop days ago? How much can I "measure" my progress week to week now? Feeling slow definitely gets frustrating, but use each time out as a chance to see progress, a chance to get fired up, a chance to get better.
:)

Kiet said...

Am in the same boat and after 3-4 runs, am starting to feel speedy and strong again. We have such a huge base that it doesn't take us long to get back. Speaking of back, so glad to be back!

GoBigGreen said...

Stay the course, I know you will. I would say 6-8 weeks and you are there, so just rebuild and keep smiling:)
signed your glute friend:)